Up the Hill Down the Slope
18 JANUARY - 25 FEBRUARY
Pilot hosts the first solo exhibition of Hacer Kıroğlu ‘Up the Hill Down the Slope’ between January 18 and February 25, 2017.
“No longer conscious of my movement I discovered a new unity with nature. I had found a new source of power and beauty, a source I never dreamt existed.” The British athlete Sir Roger Bannister who broke the unbreakable record in 1954 by running a mile under 4 minutes, describes a mental and physical threshold surpassed. This new state of consciousness constitutes Kıroğlu’s reality, which we deciphered in her video ‘Untitled’ of overwhelming cyclic movements that starts from teeth-brushing escalating to face-brushing; and in her piece where she completely erases Malevich’s book ‘Laziness as the Truth of Mankind’ for the group exhibition The Day Before Tomorrow.
Hacer Kıroğlu flows through her production. She loses her sense of time, melts away her personality with the routine, each motion follows the previous movements of hers. She reaches transcendence while detaching her own self. The flow as the central theme of Kıroğlu’s performance art whether before the audience or not, and thus the flow as the center of this very exhibition denotes a state of mind –just like the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi explained-; devoting oneself to a particular activity with an intensified focus will lead to losing consciousness.
Hacer’s drawings bewilder the audience by combining the reverse cases: the application of excessive physical power and the outcome as the tranquilizing, hypnotic scenes. Through constant reiteration of rhythmic movements and consecutive line-drawing on a white page she becomes "one with the pencil". This unity with the nature and her nature that Hacer made opens up a monochrome observatory where the audience consequently feels overwhelmed.
[1.] Roger Bannister, The First Four Minutes, The History Press: Gloucestershire, 2011