Şakir Gökçebag

Gökçebağ is especially well-known for his sculptures and installations in which he transforms everyday objects into hybrid entities. Gökçebağ combines different materials, substitutes one for another, changes the usual function of the object, and alters the position from which people view it. As such, oriental rugs replace the bottom of plastic buckets and toilet paper is used as the material of delicate sculptures. Rendering the familiar unfamiliar, in a way that the ordinary becomes extraordinary, Gökçebağ gives objects a new existence. Moreover, he does so with an incredible attention for the formal aesthetics of the objects he is working with, and a quirky sense of humour, resulting in calmly restrained, yet light and often funny works that undoubtedly reference the Duchampian ready-made.

The work Untitled (plastic buckets) (2016) sits perfectly within this practice. The cut-outs undermine the entire intrinsic identity and function of the buckets as containers, and the overall shape created by chaining them together emphasizes the formal circular quality of a single one. Furthermore, the piece also subtly plays into the blurring of art and decor in this specific exhibition.

Şakir Gökçebağ (b. 1965, Denizli) is a Turkish-born visual artist who lives and works in Hamburg since 2001. His works have been exhibited widely in both solo- and group exhibitions in Germany and abroad, including Reorientation at Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Illegibility at Art Stations Foundation Poznan, and participations at Art Brussels and Pulse Miami. He has also been the recipient of international grants and prizes, such as the Leo Breuer Prize, George Maciunas Prize and the Markus Lüpertz Prize.