The Knife We Used to Pare Away The Rough Day

Kaba günü yonttuğumuz ince bıçak[1] is part of the dialog built by artists Elif Öner and Evrim Kavcar on hearing, listening, not hearing, not listening, making sounds, or making no sound at all. Öner and Kavcar focus on sound as spirit and the connection between sound and memory, underscore the psychological aspect of the exhibition space, originally a bank vault, and its functions of concealing, hiding, shutting, storing, burying and keeping, and associate the vaultroom with the depths of the mind and the unconcsious. “The Fine Knife We Used To Pare Away The Rough Day” may be interpreted as the projection of the artists’ struggle to survive in an environment of heightened violence and conservatism, a climate of worrisome solitude and forgetting, and their quest for what the tone and timbre of their inner voices correspond to in materials.

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of talks by Elif Öner and Evrim Kavcar, titled “Dear Reader”[2], with invited guests from various disciplines such as psychology, speech and language pathology, neuroscience, sound design, literature, history, and sociology.

The exhibition took place at KASA GALERİ between the dates of
December 4, 2019 – January 3, 2020. The invited guests were:

5.12: Ayşe Devrim Başterzi, Cevdet Erek, Selçuk Artut.

11.12: Kerem Dündar, Murat Uyurkulak, Tolga Tüzün.

13.12: Alper Maral, Oğuz Öner, Vahit Tuna, Zeynep Sayın.

25.12: Eda Sezgin, Erdoğan Özmen, Nermin Saybaşılı.

[1] The name of the exhibition derives from a poem titled “Leke” in Gülten Akın’s book Kuş Uçsa Gölge Kalır

[2] At the end of his short story titled “Demiryolu Hikâyecileri – Bir Rüya”, Oğuz Atay asks with hesitant curiosity: “I am right here, dear reader; where are you, though?