Candan Öztürk

13 Aralık December 2014 / 14 Şubat February 2015

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Daire Gallery is hosting Gözde Başkent’s second solo exhibition, Pale Blue Dot.


Daire Gallery is pleased to present Pale Blue Dot, the second solo exhibition of Gözde Başkent. The painting based exhibition including paper, clay, cement and wood installations, will be on view from December 13, 2014 through February 14, 2015.


In this exhibition, Başkent makes a choice to take a closer look at the relationship between human race and the nature. Her works criticise the privileged position and the superiority of mankind. Her paintings, mostly female figures on wood, created with illustration technique, demonstrate a life free of conflicts and a dream of a future in which humans are fully integrated with nature.

The name of her show is a tribute to Carl Sagan’s book Pale Blue Dot, which is influenced by a photograph of earth, taken by the Voyager 1 in 1990, from a distance of more than 6 billion kilometres. The artist, when explaining the motive behind her works, refers to the below extract from Carl Sagan’s book;


The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.


Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.


Departing from Carl Sagan’s words, Başkent’s works in Pale Blue Dot present an idea of a different human nature. She illustrates a new and modest version of human beings who are constructive rather than destructive, who can establish deeper bonds with their planet and manage to co-exist with other beings. By showing fragments of a better world, she aims the darkness and pessimism in humans’ hearts dissolve into optimism. In her works Başkent re-positions the mankind in a world where there is no superiority of humans and everything is connected with each other.

Gözde Başkent, born in Ankara in 1982, received her BFA and MFA in painting from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Today, she lives and works in Büyükada, Istanbul.