“You cannot talk about death in the storm
Because death also adds its essence to the storm
What are we doing here waiting like this?
Did we win or did we lose?
A small bird, aloft
Drags our shadows along continuously
And already we’ve somehow unloosened our boats.”
Edip Cansever, Water Reverie, Part IV
This series of Close Readings emerged from a deficiency I observed both in contemporary art criticism and in my own writing practice: Although exhibition criticism, interviews, and monographic artist texts are produced regularly, focusing on a single work, interpreting, and analyzing that one work is a form we encounter less often.
The neon text-image-sculpture of Sarkis, The Light of Darkness (2010) featured in the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, diffuses a persistent light that embodies dependence, independence, immunity, consecution and, commitment.