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Time Machine


Versus Art Project, ISTANBUL

03.06 - 10.07.2021

Versus Art Project is hosting SABO's new exhibition "Time Machine" between June 3 - July 10. Based on the fiction of past, present, and future, the exhibition opens the doors of a journey through time with the help of the artist's figures.

We live in days when the concept of time loses its meaning for many of us and becomes blurry. We struggle to be/stay in the "moment" just enough to complain that we cannot catch the time or that time does not pass in any way. SABO approaches it from this point of view and goes out of the "moment", looks at the concept of time from a holistic perspective, and combines it on a single plane by establishing connections between tenses.


The fantastic and fictional world of the artist that we are used to, greets us in his second solo exhibition "Time Machine" at the Versus Art Project. SABO's sketchbooks and drawings are the starting point of the exhibition. Within the scope of the exhibition, the imagination of the artist, who creates a fictional cycle by using pieces from his own life with the aura of time and space, reminds us of the irony of time.

SABO's artist book, oil, and watercolor paintings, ceramics, videos, and maps are included in the exhibition. Notes and texts from the history of humanity are some of the elements that we frequently encounter in SABO's work. History, past wars, success, and failure are among the other themes SABO takes into account and produces around.

The artist's book “Time Machine”, which is composed of 6 editions of the artist's sketches, each prepared by hand and named the exhibition, constitutes the starting point of his works and symbolizes the past-present-future triangle that draws the trajectory of the exhibition. The sketches in the artist's book "Time Machine", which form the backbone of the series, are also the reference points of the works in the selection.


In the selection of works, the figures lifting fists (Be Back In 10 Min.), symbolizing victory and the desire to succeed, and tattooed figures (Don't Give Up The Ship) are works that point to the past in the time capsule. The ceramic work, which establishes a dialogue with tattooed figures, is also included in the exhibition as a discipline in which the artist is producing for the first time. In the last year when sneezing has evolved into different meanings and anxiety in all of us, SABO's series of people who sneeze (It Sucks To BeYou) almost mirrors the present.

Artist’s 10-piece watercolor series that is included in the exhibition depicts different parallel worlds. The names of the works in the series are formed by new name groups that symbolize these parallel worlds, originating from the combination of the names of stars deriving from Arabic and the names of bacteria of Latin origin. The series is accompanied by a video about the works.

While the walking figure in the exhibition appears as a depiction of evolution, the series "Boşuna Gitti" expresses the artist's critical approach to the course of the world, wars, climate crisis, and economic problems by establishing a dialogue with the future. The map study on the fabric, on the other hand, points to this whole time cycle.

Instant thoughts, fine lines between reality and fiction, subjective desires, the connections it establishes with the old-new series that greet each other have a great place in SABO's artistic attitude. He takes the traditional method he has learned off the canvas and goes beyond the penture that the eyes are accustomed to. Every piece you see is part of a whole, none of them are alone and they become the best examples of time travel. This journey is not just about going back and coming here. What you see is part of a painting that he will make in the future. As we can think of the variety of materials and methods in his fiction with reference to the "Common Hall" (2014) exhibition, as well as remembering the exhibition "Paracetamol" (2019), we can read the relationship of the artist's image world with time and the familiar story in the "Time Machine" he left for every looking eye.

(Quotation from the text written by Melis Bektaş for the exhibition)

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Photo by: Kayhan Kaygusuz

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