(TURKISH, BORN 1981)
This area is under 23 hour video and audio surveillance, 2009
ink on aluminum plate
8 x 11 1/2 x 1/16 inches
Laumeier Sculpture Park Collection, with funds from the Mark Twain Laumeier Endowment Fund
Turkish artist Ahmet Öğüt often makes a commentary on the boundaries of social barriers and cultural norms in his work. His flexible use of medium allows him to address diverse issues to profound yet humorous effect in his large installations. Similarly, Ögüt’s This area is under 23 hour video and audio surveillance, 2009, is a subtle intervention that endeavors to effectively alter our understanding of the situation within our surrounding environment with playful wit.
Sculpture Interaction Guideline: Look, But Do Not Touch
Ahmet Öğüt was born in Diyarbakir, Turkey, in 1981. He earned his B.A. from Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2003 and his M.A. from the Art and Design Faculty at Yildiz Teknik University, Istanbul, in 2006. Öğüt has shown work at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, The Netherlands; KIASMA Musueum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary and the Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Petrovka, Russia. He has exhibited in several biennials including the 53rd Venice Biennial in 2009. Öğüt works and lives in Amsterdam. He had his first Midwestern solo exhibition entitled Ahmet Öğüt: Underestimated Zones at Laumeier in 2010.
Visit www.ahmetogut.com for more information.