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An Exhibition of Work by Buse Aktas

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will present an exhibition of new works and multi-site installations by senior Buse Aktas which are visual, spatial and bodily studies of how boundaries are defined with a focus on the circle as a boundary definer. The work will be on exhibit March 10 through 14 with a reception on March 13 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The work Aktas has been exploring strongly relates to two words from her native Turkish language: daire, is used to describe the area which is enclosed by a circle and çember which refers to the boundaries of the circle.

“A circle defines a space with one dimension, the radius,” notes Aktas, a mechanical engineering major pursuing a certificate in visual arts. “This makes it the perfect geometric shape if I’m interested in defining and measuring boundaries on my own. I’m interested in the largest possible circles I can draw in any given open space, and the individual and bodily way of measuring and experiencing the boundaries.”

This idea of circular boundaries translates for her not only to geometric ideas of what is inside or outside of a defined space, but also to bodily and social experiences of what is within and what is considered without. “I’m looking forward to getting feedback about the questions, concerns, confusions and instincts I’ve been trying to communicate through visual, bodily, physical and sculptural gestures,” she notes.

Her exploration of this idea has manifested itself in a variety of works over the past several months leading up to the exhibition. In “Roll” she rolled large sections of sewage drain pipes across an area of campus making impressions in the snow to a sited location south of Pyne Hall, where there is now an installation. “Tire Signatures” is a series in which she uses the circular shape of a tire, the sidewall of which she coats with ink, and then sets the tire in a rotating motion to make unique prints of a circle. In “Storage” she buried some of her preliminary work for this show (sketches, models, and tools) in front of Blair Arch in December. These items will be resurfaced and brought back to the gallery during the course of the show. She has documented her various installations and activities on a blog (, including mapping the locations on campus where her work has appeared.

Her gallery show will include documentations and artifacts from her various campus pieces and practices, as well as a translation of her outdoor practices into the gallery space.

Exploring both art and mechanical engineering as opportunities to make things, Aktas is interested in the tension between the different approaches the two disciplines have to offer. After apprenticing with traditional craftsmen in Turkey in summer 2012 through a Martin A. Dale ’53 Summer Award from Princeton, upon graduation Aktas wants to make work in Turkey to explore this tension through a culturally specific lens.

The Lucas Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.


Link to photos:
Photo caption:  “Tire Signature” prints created by Buse Aktas as preliminary work to her exhibition of new works and multi-site installations which study circles as boundary definers.
Photo credit:  Photo by Buse Aktas

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Event Information

Opening reception:
Thursday, March 13
7:00 p.m.

Exhibit runs:
March 10 - 14, 2014

10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Lucas Gallery
Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street
Princeton University

Free and open to the public




"Tire Signatures." Photo by Buse Aktas

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