Cevdet Erek’s Rulers and Rhythm Studies (2007 – 2011) travels to Akinci just
after being shown at Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial). Proposed by Adriano
Pedrosa (co-curator, 12th Istanbul Biennial) and composed by Cevdet
Erek, this version of the work consists of a 12 meters long table on which all
existing ruler prototypes realized by Erek are placed in a linear order. The
work was installed in the group show of the section called Untitled
(History), which is one of the 5 sections of the Biennial. Pedrosa connects the
display and Erek’s work as follows: “The exhibition occupies an elongated room,
calling attention to the formal relationships between the narrative of time and
the experience of space. The work of Cevdet Erek, which plays a pivotal role in
the exhibition, very much relates to the articulation of time and space.”1
Rulers and Rhythm Studies includes the very early prototypes Ruler 1, Ruler 0 -
Now and Ruler Coup (5000 copies of Ruler Coup were fabricated and given out to
visitors during the Biennial) which were all produced for Erek’s A Few
Retrospectives (Akinci, 2008) as well as the fresh new ones like Ruler Biennial,
Ruler Near, Ruler Rhythm and others. According to the artist, “These rulers are
not timelines themselves, they are simple timeline makers.” This version of the
collection will be shown at Update in dialogue with 7 and Rhythm 1, two new
sound pieces which respond to temporalities which relate to two of the rulers.
Erek will also present Updating, a performative talk on the exhibited work as
well as a brief update on the period after his move from Amsterdam back to
Istanbul, following the research period at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten.
1. Adriano Pedrosa, The Companion, Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011, p.
Cevdet Erek’s upcoming solo presentation will be held at Kunstahalle Basel in
January 2012. Erek has participated in the 12th Istanbul Biennial,
Istanbul (2011), and his work has been part of exhibitions in various
international institutions including Tate Modern, London (2011), Arter, Istanbul
(2011), Tanas, Berlin (2010), TBA21, Vienna (2010), Artists Space, New York
(2009), Extra City, Antwerp (2009), Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille (2009),
Museum Paviljoens, Almere (2009), Stedelijk Musem CS, Amsterdam (2006), Platform
Garanti, Istanbul (2005), ZKM, Karlsruhe (2004), 8th Istanbul
Biennial (2003), Museum of Modern Art Saitama (2003).