Metin Tütün —
— The mathematical order of the human body originating from the creation has found a new form with light and clay in Metin Tütün’s work.
As a graduate of Middle East Technical University Electrical Engineering (BS) and Ankara Iktisadi Bilimler Akademisi (MBA), Metin Tütün worked as an engineer and manager in private and public sectors.
Although he has been engaged in various forms of arts, his best-known interests are playing guitar and the music of the Beatles since his childhood years. He started to grow interest in Japan which he stayed for four months . He set up his darkroom in 1986. He got started sculpting with Sculptor Ferman Gasimov in Azerbaijan to where he moved in 2000 and stayed for a decade.
Since 2010, he has intensely been focused on his studies in photography, sculpture and music. He studied with sculptor Anar Eyni who is teaching sculpting in Konya University Fine Arts sculpting division, on master-apprentice relationship basis. He also took course from Lynn Forbes School of Sculpture in Carslbad (USA).
He was chosen as a finalist for International Fine Art Photography Award, in 2012. He worked with sculptors Pasquale Martini, Edward Fleming, Ali Dirier in Komurcuoglu International Academy of Stone Sculpting. Framing the dance of light and shadow in his nude photographs, he further persues his experiments in sculpture using stone and clay.
He believes that being able to use different forms of arts collectively and to draw on the powerful synergy of photography and sculpture are purely an exciting experience.He enjoys involving and uniting clay or stone, in light and shadow..
Alberto Modiano on Metin Tütün
Metin’s question was extremely humble. In fact his work was special and set itself apart from work done in this field so far. This is because he started off from two dimensional photographs and took them to a three dimensional form. In his photographic work, he not only recognised the female body through its plastic values, lines and light, but he made the viewer feel these. He then touched the clay, using his hand and his mind with which he used to take these photographs, giving the clay a new dimension in art. Similar to Mother Earth, he created the Earthen Body.
It is very important to know the language of the nude, to recognise that language and to promote it. The body is beautiful with its intrinsic values. The body arouses appreciation in the viewer when it is combined with aesthetics. This is a delicate issue and there is no room in it for errors.
The mathematical order of the human body originating from the creation has found a new form with light and clay in Metin’s work. Light, the main source of the language of photography has leaped onto the art of sculpture and acquired a new dimension in his work. Works of art where photography has been evaluated simultaneously with sculpture are few and far between.
In order for the naked body to transform into a work of art it has to be conveyed within plastic values, clad in an aesthetic form and communicated with the language of light. But we cannot simply call Metin’s photographs, photographs of the "nude". That is because he has clothed his photographs in clay, as it were. His photographs have been taken with and worked through an awareness that is to take shape with clay.
When we look at the photographs, we see courage and an artful sacrifice in the gaze of the models rather than apprehension. Behind that gaze there is the strong trust in art and rapport between the model and the artist.
Naked light, naked body, naked earth. All have been transformed into the clothing of art in Metin’s hands. All we have to do is sit back and enjoy.