Arslan Sükan’s work is an extended meditation on space and its apprehension. Trained in architecture and photography, Sükan deploys the material of each to construct images of physical spaces and surfaces that exist uncomfortably between the physical and the virtual. Sükan’s digitally-manipulated images are built from deliberate acts of layering and subtraction which aim to confirm viewer expectations at first glance while undercutting them in practice. With work such as “INtheVISIBLE,” Sükan trained his sights on the artificial conventions of the gallery space, exhibiting images of these rooms stripped of their wares, altered in scale, and removed from time. As with his color-inverted images of warships cutting paths through the sea, the result here presents the real as a ghost, while giving body to the idea. In this mutual haunting of concrete and abstract space, Sükan’s work positions the artist as an unreliable narrator who contaminates the objective to form its image. Devoid of all animated figures, it is only in the unsettling experience of Sükan’s evacuated visions do we find a trace of the human hand.
His works have been exhibited at the Maxxi Museum (Rome), Museum Haus Konstruktiv (Zurich), Triennale Di Milano, Hotel Des Arts (Toulon), Maison des Metallos (Paris), 511 (NYC),Kappatos Gallery, Batagianni Gallery (Athens), NYPH New Visionaries Tobacco Factory (New York), Araart (Seoul), Galerist and Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art (Istanbul). Sükan lives and works in New York and Istanbul.