Hush Gallery presents “Alteration Depression,” the first solo show of Özge Topçu between November 1 and December 18, 2014. The artist holds up her work as a mirror to the stunning examples of architecture and visual culture during the simultaneous establishment of the Turkish Republic and execution of the international Modernist style. The change of the building facades and people’s appearances with synchronization during the revolution experiences in the period between 1923 – 1943 and the parallelism between the morphological properties of the modernist architecture and the restructuring of community are brought to the light. The exhibition is named after the term “Alteration Depression” used by Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu in his book Ankara, written in 1934 to describe cubic inner space. The work can be seen at Hush Gallery located in Yeldeğirmeni between the hours of 11:00 and 19:00 every day.
Özge Topçu questions the artificial structure of the Modernist “system” and the tools of propaganda such as family, individual, national identity, building, architectural construction, providing the credibility for this structure at the heart of her works. She investigates the visual history of these tools and architectural items and aims to create an obscure field of reality against the absoluteness of Modernism, making interventions on the contexts, spaces and extension of the work.
The spaces in “Alteration Depression” are encountered in various forms: sometimes as a notebook – consisting of textural records found in the surfaces of the buildings; sometimes as a dossier – where the window bays of a government office are cut; and sometimes various surfaces are integrated with each other – objects exchange their places and body parts transform into a location. The artist is inspired by Ankara, the origin of the first avant-garde Modernist architecture, and by the district of Kadikoy, where she lives in the midst of these interventions. Technically, she uses mixed media, assemblage, cut out, 3 dimensional works and installation as a whole to bravely exhibit the irony.