PRINT January 2001

Douglas Fogle

IN THESE PAGES, ROBERT SMITHSON ONCE QUOTED Vladimir Nabokov’s observation that “The future is but the obsolete in reverse.” It is precisely this paradoxical sense of the future as a future anterior that pervades the work of Haluk Akakçe. Born in Ankara, Turkey, in 1970 and currently based in New York, Akakçe is a child of the digital revolution who works in a broad range of media, effortlessly moving from low-tech drawing and wall painting to, more recently, digitally animated video. But no matter the medium, Akakçe takes us through the looking glass into a world where the future is often yesterday and flatness manifests a new kind of depth.

Over the last two years, Akakçe has produced several series of works, including the more intimate automatic line drawings on paper and carefully staged mural paintings that redefine the walls that support them, suggesting a kind of biomorphic, digitally

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