THE BURIED AND DECLARED Reading the Cultural Memory of Umit Inatci
The art experiments take their values from a certain hidden cultural containment, for the fact that culture is the aware artist; it is his source and background. The art experiment also take their values from the ability of the creative artist himself which push him to create a private code of his own style among other styles, so the aesthetical value of his art works pointed out by achieving connection in a conceptual conventional space.
There is a group of basic features in this experiment, which should be analysed to understand how it works; the way the artist treats his materials to compose the visible level, which lead us to the invisible content. The surface divided into geometrical areas, which include abstract shapes, symbolic colours and writing, these elements established especial language that belong to an effective sources field, different intellectual approaches, so we can study the experience founders through these points:
The works comes together or similar to the ancient Sumerian clay tablets which were the first surfaces that been used for writing in the early historical knowledge periods when man conquer and organized place according to geometry as a method to establish his unique civilizations, put the environment items and elements to use, technically through art as a formed media to transfer knowledge, and how he pass through the Sumerian sculptures the limits of visuals, minimized the physical for the benefit of intellectual and how man composed the human shape sequentially based on reasonable basics to create imagined sample to face the natural figures in Acadians, Assyrians, Babylonians and Egyptian civilizations, as well as in Inatci's works, figures convert to make the internal (substantial) comes instead of the surface, by minimizing the heads, enlarging breasts and leaving details cause it is represent thoughts more than imitate the reality.
Affected by Plato opinions, the artist inspired his shapes systems from the idea of infinity beauties of geometrics, also from the intuition of Henry Bergson and the vision of Hegel when he said “the idea covered by shape”. This ideological background deeply affected and riches Modernity especially the works of Piet Mondrian. A person can easily notice how the artist gathered myths, Asian letters, totems and especially geometrical areas, which fill by symbols to charge the surfaces with symbolic energy to express the deep metaphysic meaning.
The artist choose a special division to make composition divided into parts based on reasonable plan away from any traditional space limits to draw an architectural plan or a writing clay tablet, while the visual elements spread to inspire inherited systems of composition, in which he control the space dimension: place and time, in order to terminate their disability to create intuitional, unrealistic art work. Just like a kind of moving towards Geometry and interiorized the European modern abstract tendencies.
By going beyond incidental, physical and unimportant details to create his abstract shapes and keep their constructive attendance and geometrical roots by drawing pointed lines to confirm their construction and how it is away from any physical or natural source to make his own visual language which is a kind of musical approach which we find in the musical ladder, the shapes looks free of any explanation or description duty, so figures and symbols can highly express just like a kind of intellectual predicaments which bring the details together.
Colours Symbolic side:
Inatci colours system is: flat, symbolic, pure, contrast, far from any explanation purpose and break all expectations, it is some sort of a design and architect colors so the composition become more opened to a hermeneutic possibility away from represent or describe physical shapes, Inatci deeply realized colors ability to achieve successful art works just like he create his own myth. The colours of Inatci fill the spaces between lines just as Mondriandid before, pure of his colours make us remember P. Gauguine and the Fauvism of H. Matisse who create a new colours system based on the sense priority.
Through colours, Inatci confirm his legendary and cultural buried inherited experience deep inside the human civilized memory, the nonexistence of black, the silver of the moon and the turquoise which refers to the holy legendary unity between earth and sky, so he create a dialogue that strengthen the art work ability of calling the mythical past to our contemporary time and transfer us far away to the past, as a kind of illusion game.
The writing approach:
Script got constrictive and semantic attendance, as inherited cultural symbol according to reasons connected with its period and the meaning social circulation, also he use it to increase the art notification, Inatci understand script out of its affirmative, informative limits, he use the shape of letters and words as a codec constructions side by side with other symbols in the surface to break up centers, just like what Jackson Pollock suggested in his post modernism style.
The idea's roots of Inatci creative experiment comes from ancient religions, beliefs and myths, he make his own fetishes by giving the animals shapes which appears in his works a magical depth and holy concepts linked with specific phenomenon according to social consciousness, so the divine reflected through art in a metaphysic matrix, Inatci reproduce these ideas by focusing on his mental image developing and through confirm his inclination to create new visuals based on his stylistic vision.
The critical analysis led us to discover the artist's consciousness, his existential (anthological) attitude, his sources of the dialectical concepts of inherited / contemporary and how he hard work to uncovering the humanity cultural memory to reach and exhibit the hidden old knowledge in our modern age which affected by: Digitals, Information, Media and consumption which was results of the ideological earthquake map of a disassembly strategy of Jacque Derrida and opportunity of the globalization culture which gave us the possibility of civilized dialogue and use the necessary even if it is buried to create the unique.
Erbil / Nord Iraq, 2014.