Cem Sonel: Binary

Presented by Anna Laudel Düsseldorf Cem Sonel individual exhibition Binary until July 1, 2023

Combining different materials for his digital series works, a solo exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Cem Sonel Binary is on display at Anna Laudel Düsseldorf.

The name of the exhibition refers to the binary coding system and revolves around concepts that derive their expressive power from simplicity. Using computer codes and LED panels, Sonel explores new production techniques at the intersection of new media and street art. In addition, the artwork in this extensive selection is made from recycled materials such as digital screens, MDF, LED panels and plexiglass panels that are considered waste or have lost their function.

Binary is a continuation of the exhibition One and zero make two, previously shown at Anna Laudel in Istanbul in 2022. Since then, Sonel successfully transfers partisan traffic with its unique interpretation, which is one of the few examples in the world. Like a graffiti artist leaving his signature on a wall with spray paint, Sonel enriches the spirit of the street with his digital art, dropping guerrilla programmed computer codes onto LED boards placed in the streets.

Sonel’s exhibition explores the concepts of existence and non-existence as thesis and antithesis that can be transformed into each other. Sonel shows that the language of digital communication can also be translated into a form of creative expression through unique combinations of zeros and ones.

By establishing a modern connection between technology, existence and meaning, Sonel seeks to analytically challenge the parallels between nothingness, existence and non-existence. A reinterpretation of the system of values ​​underlying everyday life from a philosophical point of view, a solo exhibition by Cem Sonel Binary on view at Anna Laudel Düsseldorf until July 1, 2023.

Cem Sonel

Born in Ankara in 1985, Sonel graduated with an honorary doctorate from Hacettepe University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Graphic Design Department. In 2009, he managed to revive his childhood interest in street art by co-founding a street art collective (KÜF Project). In 2014, he was admitted to the Master’s program in Sculpture at the Institute of Fine Arts of the University of Hacettepe. He organized street art workshops, directed sessions and participated in collective exhibitions. Moving his workshop to Izmir-Darağaç in 2017, he continued to work both individually and with a neighborhood art collective. Since 2020, he has been making his art and design productions in his workshop in Ankara.