ON CONVICTIONS Chapter 1, Alev Gözonar

Space Debris is pleased to present Istanbul based artist Alev Gözonar’s solo exhibition ON CONVICTIONS CHAPTER 1 opening on Saturday, December 13. The exhibition will present the artist’s latest paper works and a polymer work, as well as her new video installation.

“In the works of Alev Gözonar, conviction does not come across with the constancy of acceptance; on the contrary, it is interpreted fluidly, with the vitality of a wish to be liberated. Gözonar’s work takes the subject of conviction as a process, which in the long run does not fall back on imposition or fate. For Gözonar, conviction is a phenomenon that can be “worked on”. Consequently it is action that brings conviction to an end.
Gözonar deals with the step following conviction. The knowledge that brings her to this step is hidden in the story of one of the first feminist authors, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”. Gilman’s female character, who must take refuge in madness in order to regain her freedom, obsessively projects her internal motion onto the yellow wallpaper in her room. This wallpaper at first serves as an obstacle to imagination, but at the end of the days in which the woman relies on her mind for her freedom, it is divided into “pieces” so that liberation can be born from beneath it. In the same way, Gözonar is not satisfied with the materials on hand, and forces them into various new forms.
Gözonar perceives the wish to be liberated as a transformational power in her works, and based on this perception, chooses toilsome methods in her work. This production process, which reminds us of the burden of countless convictions that we have shouldered throughout our lives, also represents a desire to demolish and rebuild the self within. Wallpaper, like the things it symbolizes, will be folded, made into an airplane and thrown far away or cut up into tiny pieces. While the designs exhibit forms that are folded in on each other, this disorder actually conveys the signs of the struggle required for liberation.
Gözonar first tests the materials she uses with her own means. Sometimes she bends them, other times she straightens them out. Maybe something that was thought to be unity is another conviction, and there is no unity, only possibility? Gözonar’s works believe in duality and possibility. The materials in this process must go through various phases: drafting, folding, cutting, transferring to video, transferring to a photographic plane… The variety of methods brings juxtaposition, and juxtaposition is a right to choose. Alev Gözonar’s task is to clear a path to enable this right to choose.”
Text by Fırat Demir