Marco Fusinato and Mutlu Çerkez

Catalogue to accompany a collaborative exhibition in 2005 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

What do the clear records etched with drawings by Marco Fusinato and the frieze paintings by Mutlu Çerkez have in common? Both artists work across a number of mediums and on face value their practices are diverse so you may at first glance wonder what their art shares. Despite the visual differences, their artistic motivations are surprisingly consistent and therein lay the point and reason for working together.
For the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Level 2 Contemporary Project Space, Mutlu Çerkez will install a frieze above the doorways of the exhibition space. The frieze will read: ‘MUTLU ÇERKEZ, 2004. Untitled: 23 November 2009.’. Marco Fusinato will exhibit clear records with etched grooves that copy his drawings. The records will be presented on shelves and in stacks. Çerkez and Fusinato are interested in time – Çerkez predicts the future through signs and language and Fusinato shifts time through motion at one remove; from drawing to unplayable record; from action to silence. In their collaborative endeavours Çerkez and Fusinato create abstract excursions about time and reality. Visually dissimilar, the result is overlaid with tension; a discourse between abstraction and representation and in some senses between past actions and future scenarios. The first collaborative project by Multu Çerkez and Marco Fusinato  (both born 1964) was at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne 2003. Mutlu Çerkez & Marco Fusinato is their second collaborative endeavour. Their respective works were included in the exhibition Art >Music at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2001. Further exhibitions by Marco Fusinato include VEZE/CONNECTIONS, contemporary artists from Australia, Hdlu, Zagreb and Mestna Gallery, Ljubjana 2002; TM/MF (Thurston Moore – Sonic Youth/ Marco Fusinato) Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2000 and Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney,1998. Further exhibitions by Mutlu Çerkez include Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002, National Gallery of Victoria at Federation Square, Melbourne 2002; 6th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey 1999 and Sao Paolo Biennale, Sao Paolo, Brazil 1998.

6 February – 20 March 2005

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Level 2 Contemporary Project Space


Marco Fusinato and Mutlu Çerkez
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