New York

Haluk Akakçe

Henry Urbach Architecture

With its matte colors, hard-edged, graphic forms, and elements of avant-garde fashion and wall painting, all in favor lately, Haluk Akakçe’s recent show seemed at first to exude a certain trendiness. But thankfully “Coming soon,” the Turkish-born artist’s solo debut in the US, was not the art world’s answer to pony skin or pashmina.

The exhibition comprised twelve framed works on paper and a large mural that spread out over three walls of the small, unassuming gallery. The latter, Drained from the corner of your eye (all works 2000), showcased the deceptively simple liberties of line drawing—summoning forth something from nothing, with only a steady flow of ink and a confident hand—while playing with positive and negative space and perspective. In one area, the steel-gray paint on the floor crept a few inches up the wall, making the room feel like a box within a box, the inner shifting

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