lt’s hard to think of an object we use everyday that is more mundane than toilet paper. Hamburg, Germany based artist Şakir Gökçebağ takes the roll of paper out of the bathroom and into the art gallery. Mounting many rolls on the wall, Gökçebag creates an ornamental symphony with the simple objects. The rigid form of the tissue role is counterbalanced by the unraveled lengths of paper. Lovely!
In “On the Beauty of the Normal and the Poetry of the Everyday,” art critic Dr. Marcus Graf writes, “Apart from the poetic aspect, Sakir Gökçebag’s works ultimately even contain a political dimension because they address the responsibility of the viewers to discover the various levels of their reality and to dig deeper for truths. In his works, the artist proves that the obvious and customary does not necessarily have to be the final version of reality. He demands active viewers who consciously look behind the barriers of their perception and take the risk to cast their thoughts further than ever before. These viewers become creators of their own reality, changing from passive recipients into active designers of their own individual worlds.”