Ahmet Doğu İpek
Istanbul based artist Ahmet Doğu İpek’s practice can be described as diligent and painstaking. In his own meditative work style, he uses traditional material such as watercolour and pencil on paper but his techniques remain innovative. Although the contextual inspiration comes from the postmodern society idea, the notion of ‘mass’ and a number of thinkers’ theories such as Negri & Hardt, Canetti, Harvey and Calvino; the outcome reminds more late the 18th and early 19th century masters’ work such as Piranesi and Gustave Doré.
In his series we see the endless reproduction of one form or pattern, and the horizontal and/or vertical expansion of his -far from classical- ‘landscapes’. The first series “Second Harvest”, where he depicted intracate, entangling, infolding forms, share a common ground with the last two series: multilayeredness, complexity and, blackness. In his perplexing second series, “Construction Regime – Building Porn” made with watercolor, Ipek intertwines highrise buildings into a repetitive sea of facade with no ground and no sky, making an other-worldly but recognizable pattern. His most recent work, “Water Records” series include abstract landscapes patiently made by layering watercolor.
Ipek’s works have very strong ties with Istanbul. Extending from microcosmos to macrocosmos, the patterns and repetitions in his former and new series, describe different levels of entanglement within masses and constructions of all sizes.His works are held in private and institutional collections.