Emin Cizenel’s exhibition at Argo Gallery is a most beautiful, tranquil exhibition.
has used the clear, uncluttered space of Argo for four pieces consisting of preliminary work on the project, a series
on inter-related canvases, some smaller acrylics on canvas and a video installation, technically produced by Shane Fage, which
has music played by Suleyman Yardim on a reed pipe.
Cizenel was born in Mallia, Cyprus, and graduated from the Fine Arts
He has continued artistic research in Vienna, received a Fulbright scholarship and carried out research
and study in New York.
Here is what he has written on his painting and video installation.
"A Lost moment"
metaphorically refers to a synthetic duration in time.
“The moment to moment, or time that is outside of memory but
is a result of it, will essentially always be present. Indeed it is so related to "coded" images we seem to miss in
the course of our routine.
"The meaning all and any object or any fragrance evokes, is an instinctive escape in time,
in the time we spent together, with it, moments we let ourselves go.
Our attempt to freeze time is about that particular
"This exhibition is open to notions that can be added to a familiar reality, like a summer evening that fades
into the night.
"Perhaps we cannot return to a lost time, but we can trace it. In the simple, unaffected, sincere and sentimental
expression of the visual art, or in an egocentric attempt at sharing with others – which we can call exhibition.
through the history of a flower we can refer to the remembrance of social memory that is created in that ‘lost time’."
go to Argo. Go quietly. The video tape will be put on for you. Jasmine rules.
The present rush of life will vanish.
Until February 17.
NILGUN Guney and Osman Keten are at Opus 39 until the 17th of the month.
The Arts Page
goes to bed Sunday night so the article on his exhibition will be next week as will the appreciation of Martin Meason’s
Art Aware lecture.
Nilgun Guney writes: "The reflections of inner and environmental dilemma. Especially living on
an island which has an unsettled and uncertain situation and living in a world which needs struggle for human rights and all
other rights. We tried to put out our restless thoughts and contradictions and transform these contradictions into an art
form. Although one of us is a woman and the other is a man and maybe has a different point of view, we have similar (like
all human beings) anxieties for life. One can see the differences of technique in our art but also can see the similarity
in the concept we try to bring out"
Osman Keten says: "The starting point of my paintings is always human beings. As a
subject I use the reflections of political, economic and sociological statue on the human psychology, of the society I live
in. I tried to reflect the psychological breakups of people, loneliness, rage, faintness resistance and indifference under
pressure and also reflect the identity crisis.
"Not only have I tried to understand the people, I also tried to look into
my soul and question myself. I feel Cyprus is composed of two parts and these two parts are composed of other pieces. The
negative and positive effects of politics are changing the places of these parts, removing some of them, putting new ones
but these pieces never settle in and combine. These psychologically and physically unsettled pieces are still constituting
the agenda. I believe that the physical union will contribute to the psychological union".
PANTHEON Gallery is to host Marlen Karletidou’s art exhibition on Saturday, February
24, at 7pm.
The new work by the artist, under the title Transition, is one of a mature painter whose thoughts and problems
concerning opportune matters create the image direct, with fantasy and unexpected surrealistic elements.
THIS exhibition by the great sculptor Demetris Constantinou opens on
Monday and will continue until the March 2.