Cigdem Aky

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* 1989 Munich
2009–2013 Akademie der Bildenden Künste Munich, Klasse für Malerei/Grafik, Prof. Jerry Zeniuk, Gast Prof. Myriam Holme, Thomas Scheibitz
2013–2017 Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, Klasse Malerei/Grafik, master student Prof. Helmut Dorner
  Lives and works in Munich

Grants / Scholarships

2021 HAP-Grieshaber-Stipendium Kunstmuseum Reutlingen
  Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg
2020 Atelierförderprogramm der Landeshauptstadt München
2017 Atelierförderprogramm der Landeshauptstadt München
2015 DAAD Preis
2013 Oskar-Karl-Forster Stipendium

Solo exhibitions

2023 Capturing the Day, Dirimart, Istanbul, Turkey
  Formen und Gezeiten (Duo), Galerie im Venet Haus, Neu-Ulm
2022 Rhythmus, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt a.M.
  Im Schatten der Bäume, Kunstmuseum Reutlingen
  Eine Pusteblume im Wind, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
2021 Auf Wolke sieben, Kunststiftung BW, Stuttgart
2020 Duo Show mit Christian Schnurer, Kunstarkaden, Kempten
  Ein blauer Himmel, MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen
  Step by Step, Super+ Centercourt Galerie, München
2018 Solo show, Zweisieben, Karlsruhe
2017 Solo show, Galerie Tristan Lorenz, Frankfurt am Main
2015 Das Flechtwerk der Farbe, Studio Rose, Schondorf am Ammersee
  Kolorit, Geschwisterraum, Karlsruhe

Group exhibitions

2023 Just Painting, Projektraum studio. curated by Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
  ON AIR, Schloss Düneck currated by Evelyn Drewes | Galerie und Jan Kage, Moorrege
  Hidden Future, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Munich
  Art Basel, Hong Kong, China
  Neue Mitglieder der Münchener Secession, Verein für Original-Radierung, Munich
  Art Dubai, UAE
2022 Ohne Titel, Kunstmuseum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen, Switzerland
  Luxembourg Art Week, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Luxembourg
  Schön Genau, Sammlung Kunstmuseum Heidenheim
  Malerei und Objekt, Galerie Anja Knoess, Cologne
  17th Contemporary Istanbul, Dirimart Galerie, Istanbul, Turkey
  Elb/Hängung #1, Villa am Elbhang, Hamburg
  Spark Art Fair, Dirimart Galerie, Vienna, Austria
2021 Dirimart Presents VIII, Dirimart, Izmir, Turkey
  Contemporary Istanbul, Dirimart, Istanbul, Turkey
  Artweeks, Akaretler Pilevneli Galerie, Istanbul, Turkey
  MISA Discoveries, St. Agnes, Berlin
  Facing the sun, Kristin Hjellegjerde Galerie, Schloss Goerne, Berlin
  WABI-SABI, Kristinhjellegjerde Galerie, London, UK
  I just paint to say I love you, Galerie Strzelski, Stuttgart
2020 Gruppenausstellung, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt am Main
  salondergegenwart, Hamburg
  Bewegte Form, Bauverein AG, Darmstadt
  Baltic Art Weekend 2020, Kunsthalle Rostock
  Kabinett der abstrakten Kunst, Galerie Kristine Hamann, Wismar
  Farbraum Sweethome mit Fabian Treiber, Galerie Strzelski, Stuttgart
2019 Jahresausstellung GEDOK, Rathaus Gräfelfing
  20 Positionen, Politische Akademie Tutzing
Jahresgaben GEDOK, Munich
  COLOR ME BADD mit Christian Awe, Galerie Tristan Lorenz, Frankfurt am Main
  Group show Kunst Block Balve, Munich
  WELCOME1 mit Olga Golos GEDOK, Munich
2018 Kunst Aktuell, Städtische Galerie Rosenheim
  Hold the paper up to the light, Galerie Tristan Lorenz, Frankfurt am Main
  Half a pound of Art, Galerie Stoerpunkt, Munich
  Luxuria, Galerie Stoerpunkt, Munich
2017 ArtMagazin, Starter
  New Positions, Galerie Tristan Lorenz, Frankfurt am Main
  Roter Kunstsalon, Villa Rot, Ulm
  Kopfkino Wasserturm Dachau, Munich
  Kein_ohne_ Orgelfabrik, Durlach
2016 Gruppenausstellung 2, Galerie Tristan Lorenz, Frankfurt am Main
  Happy Little Paintings mit Margarethe Ucinski, Luis Leu, Karlsruhe
  Color Me BlindMeWo Kunsthalle, Memmingen
  Top 16, Kunstverein, Mannheim
  Künstler der Galerie, Geschwisterraum, Karlsruhe
2015 22. Künstlermesse, Regierungspräsidium, Karlsruhe
  Besetzt Ciao, Studierende Galerie auf Zeit, Karlsruhe
  Um Fünf, Kösk, Munich
2014 Asia Contemprorary Art, Galerie Artpark, Karlsruhe
2012 Die Kunst Deines Nachbarn Städtische Galerie, Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm
  Gruppenausstellung, Target Partners, Munich

The art of fugue – to the work of Cigdem Aky

Painting as a science, that is, minus everything that could be interpreted into it. Nothing representational, nothing that could trigger associations with the audience, no metaphysics, but full control. Only form and color and light (relationships). Painting as an experimental arrangement. Strictly according to a once fixed concept: in the center a sharply defined upright bar, all around broad emphatically executed brushstrokes. The sober surrounded by the gestural; the prudent next to the impulsive. The timeless meets the fleeting and enters into a lasting bond. A moment becomes eternity, opening the possibility to investigate how the two antagonists correspond. Painting under laboratory conditions.

In acrylic and oil on cotton, the painter Cigdem Aky (*1989, Munich) combines the three elements of depth, structure and color tone, creating autonomous color spaces that are precise in their effect precisely because of the absence of any reference possibilities. Here, the absence of reference leads to unambiguity; each work conveys a precisely determined feeling. The combination of a set geometric element with gestural components leads to a series of unpredictable dialogues. Each work is an experiment with an open-ended result. With her application of paint, Aky sets in motion a process whose further course she cannot and does not want to control. She leaves color tones to themselves, which then study, evaluate, and perpetuate each other.

Aky's concept of varying a certain setting again and again and thus exploring the possibilities, limits and conditions of a system is reminiscent of experimental arrangements in the field of music, such as Johann Sebastian Bach's "Art of the Fugue" or the "Well-Tempered Clavier". Here, a constant musical theme is successively explored in ever different keys. Through the sheer endless variation, what emerges beyond material, structure and concept and hovers over it all, setting the tone: a characteristic combinatorial essence. An extract of essence and effect. In her series of experiments, the artist pursues philosophy with the brush. Cigdem Aky paints meaning.

Hansjörg Fröhlich