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Galeri Eksen 15 09 2012
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Cem Bilge was born in Varna – Bulgaria. He studied BA and MA in Fine Art at Mimar Sinan University /Istanbul. After graduation, he started his early career as an artist in Istanbul. He went to London and stayed couple of years to focus contemporary art, painting, drawing and sculpture. Since 1993, he has been exhibiting his works nationally and internationally. He is currently working as a professional artist in Istanbul and Varna.

Although there are many different definitions of art we can find in the philosophy and history of art. I would refer here Wladyslaw Tatarkiewicz six conditions to analyse Cem Bilge’s works. In A History of Six Ideas, Tatarkiewicz claims that art can be held based on six conditions: the production of beauty, the representation of reality, the creation of forms, expression on the part of the artists, the production of aesthetic experience and the production of shock. Some of these entail a necessary condition of art while others entail a sufficient condition one, or lack of it. ‘The creation of form’ for instance, might be accepted as a necessary condition but may not be regarded as a sufficient condition . 
A work of art may be possible without a reproduction of things, or a construction of form, or an expression of experiences, or it can be incapable of evoking delight, emotion or shock. These necessary and sufficient conditions remain subjective rather than mainstream understanding of all artworks. To take his work in a subjective context, we can see the most of Cem Bilge’s works that satisfying Tatarkiewicz’s conditions including beauty, forms, representation of reality, expression and aesthetic experience. The more important is the final condition as not many artworks have to produce shock, which can also be taken as a subjective performance according to artists. Cem Bilge’s works also share this condition with Tatarkiewicz. His works contain the production of shock in many different ways. All aesthetic drawing lines are formed in unexpected ways and shocking us with colours and expressions. 
Cem Bilge’s artworks have a unique language, which speaks about figurative abstraction and abstract figurative elements. His language is the language of absence: a face is there but also it is not there… A line has a beginning and it has no end. The lines are in unknown journey and colours are nomadic. In his artworks, the lines with colours picture immorality of human faces. 
His works also express the concept of integration and fragmentation. A body is fragmented also it is integrated with fragments. Figurative and abstract elements are integrated as well as separated. A figurative form is mystified in the realm of the abstract and vice verse. There are no boundaries between figures and the notions of abstraction. Through the lines, one cannot journey without the other.
Another important concept we can see in Cem Bilge’s works is the notion of chaos. All lines and colours are not spontaneous but gathered to form an aesthetic chaos in art. A figure becomes a dynamic with the chaos. Such chaos has a philosophical expression. A face or a body has an expression that nothing can be perfectly defined in a certain space and form. The lines make all forms aesthetically chaotic with an organization of images. For the unity of his artworks, all chaotic pieces create the henosis of his image. 
In What is Art? Tolstoy takes the example of a child which goes into a forest, encounters a wolf and takes the feeling of fear, terror, being afraid and so on; when he explains to others his tale, all others come to share his feelings what he experienced. According to Tolstoy, the aim of art is therefore infective; it transmits the feelings or the emotions to the audiences . Following on Tolstoy’ definition, in Cem Bilge’s works the audiences can see full of emotions and expression through his language and aesthetic experiences. He shares so many feelings with the audiences through lines and colours. To conclude, it is important to add that his works deserve to be called magnificent and extraordinary in the contemporary art. Cem Bilge’s works are still open to so many different interpretations and analysis in art. When an artwork exists, the artist remains silent and the artwork starts to speak. Cem Bilge’s artworks keep speaking with the audiences and they will always do…
Husein Fırat
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