Contemporary artist Haluk Akakçe creates art centered around the relationship between technology and human perception. His catalog of works includes animated video projections, abstract paintings and electronic installations.
Akakça was born in 1970, in Turkey. Originally trained as an architect, Akakce received his BFA in Interior Architecture from Bilkent University, in the Turkish city of Ankara. He later earned an MA from the acclaimed Royal College of Art in London, as well as an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been featured in solo shows at MoMA PS 1, the Berlin KunstWerke, and most recently, at the Richard Taittinger Gallery. In 2006, Akakça was invited by the governor of Nevada to create a piece of public art. Completed in collaboration with the City of Las Vegas Arts Commision, Creative Time, and the Fremont Street Experience, the “Sky is the Limit” project was light show of abstractions and colors that illuminated Fremont Street, in downtown Las Vegas. Akakça has also created work at the invitation of luxury fashion house, Louis Vuitton.
Many of Akakça’s works are digitally composed and presented. His work is rooted in the intersection of society and technology. As the Richard Taittinger Gallery explains, “His work thus far includes abstract paintings, animated video projections, and electronic installations, which inquire into the existence of alternate time and space on two-dimensional surfaces.” Works like “Sky is the Limit” use the tools of modern technology to create the illusion of infinite space. The illusion of infinite space is created by the relationships between light, depth, and shadow mixed with our own human perception.
Akakça lives, and works, in New York City and Istanbul. He is represented by Richard Taittinger Gallery, located in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. A selection of his works were most recently on display at the Richard Taittinger Gallery, and the Kunstverein of Düsselfdorf.