Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL
Saturday 30 September 2017 – Friday 31 August 2018
Saturday 15 February 2014 – Sunday 13 April 2014
Opening Hours: 12-5pm
Admission Fee: free
Trained in architecture and sound design, Cevdet Erek (1974) is a visual artist and musician based in Istanbul. He is also the drummer in avant-garde rock band Nekropsi, known for their distinctive blend of doom metal and Arab folk. Erek’s artistic practice is based on the themes of sound, architecture, rhythm, measured time, dance music and site-specificity.
Combining video, sound and image, Erek often attempts to alter the viewer’s perception and experience of a given environment. He is particularly interested in the way we apprehend the world around us and organise our lives through measurements of space (metric system), time (calendar and clock) and music tempo (beats per minute). The artist conflates these seemingly objective systems with other apparently more subjective ones, such as the timeline of events or the changing rhythm in musical improvisations.
Working with his own versions of rhythms and markers, Erek will create an immersive new installation for the gallery at Spike Island. He will bring into play his responses to the architecture of the gallery (the central atrium of a former factory), the sounds already present in the building and the wider context of the Bristol music scene.
Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.
Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network