…When I look at the works in this exhibition, I realise that the artists have come a long way to surmount this challenge and actually lent an ear to their inner voice in the process of creating…
The geometric-abstract paintings of Utku Dervent are primarily composed of intersecting vertical and diagonal lines of force. His education in architecture, and experience in perspective drawing, are influences on his works of the early 1990’s. His geometrical approach to divide the canvas with horizontal and vertical lines, though modified itself in time, remains a distinctive feature of Dervent’s art. During his formative years he filled these areas with colorful patches and calligraphic lines using broad brush strokes. Starting from the mid-1990’s, however, he adapted geometric-abstraction and started using basic geometrical shapes such as the square, rectangle and triangle more freely within the pictorial space reminiscent of the works of Kasimir Malevich and the Rusian Contructivists. Since 1998, Dervent has developed a more structural geometric pattern in his paintings by using the square and its multiples. The artist builds his compositions on a variation of squares symmetrically divided by the horizontal, vertical an diagonal lines. The geometrical structure of Dervent’s compositions brings to mind Anatolian kilims. Since the compositinnal elements are determined within the relationship of horizontal-vertical-diagonal lines, the artist is able to both repeat an diversify the shapes. These shapes of transparent and opaque colours, when overlapped, create new forms as well as depth and brightness. The result is a kaleidoscopic diversity of colour and shape.
Through building his compositions on shape, colour and texture, and by avoiding images, Dervent makes it difficult for the viewer to interpret his paintings. He bases his paintings on the geometrical analyses of the relationship between shape, colour and texture, but does not predetermine the relationship. The relationship gradually develops as the initial element emerges.

Zeynep Rona