Burçak Bingöl (Turkish, born Görele, Turkey, 1976)
Made in Turkey, Istanbul
Stonepaste; drawn, painted, glazed and glue
H: 27.6 in (70 cm) x W: 27.6 in (70 cm) x Depth: 3.5 in (9 cm)
Gift of Monika McLennan, 2016
Not on view
"Broken II" is part of a series in which the Turkish artist Burçak Bingöl questions Turkish society and heritage, meshes its cultural and personal stories, deconstructs familiar everyday items then casts them in richly-decorated ceramic artwork. Objects such as plain white bottles and tiles are cast and/or decorated in resonance with the traditions of the pre-modern Near East (Seljuq, Ottoman and Safavid). Sometimes they are dashed on the floor – a violent act captured by the artist in a short video installation – and a selection of the shards are then reassembled and decorated. In "Broken II" irregularly broken ceramic pieces have been perpendicularly reassembled in a three-dimensional square panel. Utilizing the medium of floral-decorated stonepaste, this work connects to the traditional ceramics and the colorful, decorative patterns created throughout the centuries in the Islamic world. The prominence given to roses relates especially to the Ottoman period and Iznik ceramics more specifically, wherein this flower appears prominently alongside tulips, hyacinths and carnations, all of which are rendered in a stylized, rather than naturalistic, manner of those in "Broken II." This method of deconstructing a traditional Turkish art form or medium – then reassembling it into a contemporary object calls both to the artistic Ottoman and Islamic heritage and questions the idea of "what is art?" – Bingöl’s counter to Marcel Duchamp’s concept of "ready-made art."
Collection of the artist(2013–2016); Monika McLennan, New York (2016; gifted to MMA through Galeri Zilberman,Istanbul)