Cigdem Asatekin MacInnis is an art writer and painter in Toronto. She holds an MFA in Art Writing from the School of Visual Arts, New York. She regularly writes and translates for institutions, artists, curators, and collections.
Wolf Tones: A Many-Sided HouseBy Cigdem Asatekin
Dissonance is a curious thing. Looking at the installation as a whole, its possible, perhaps even encouraged, to perceive the underlying, humming discord between approaches to material, narrative, and order. Dalal, Goldfarb, Shaver, Sterrett Smith, and Strauss each have their own distinctive forms of production; their own peculiarities, obsessions, and compassions.
A Bridge Between You and Everything: An Exhibition of Iranian Women ArtistsBy Cigdem Asatekin
Organized by the Center for Human Rights in Iran and curated by Iranian-born artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat, A Bridge Between You and Everything features 13 contemporary Iranian women artists.
Julia Rooney: @SomeHighTideBy Cigdem Asatekin
The scale and imperfect edges of Julia Rooneys paintings at Arts+Leisure are remarkable. Affixed to the window, a handmade, colorfully agitating QR code on a two by two-foot square canvas welcomes the viewer into the gallery. Inside the space, the size of the canvases diminishes, but their impact remains.
Saul Chernick: Enlightened ObjectsBy Cigdem Asatekin
Saul Chernicks Enlightened Objects are both physically and perceptively sensible.
Grayson Cox and Joan Waltemath: ApparatusBy Cigdem Asatekin
Apparatus, curated by the artist and writer A.V. Ryan, gathers together Cox and Waltemaths work in a contemporary yet timeless setting, as it takes its main inspiration from the current global crisis surrounding COVID-19 and a Giorgio Agamben essay, What Is an Apparatus?.
Susan Bernofsky’s Clairvoyant of the Small: The Life of Robert WalserBy Cigdem Asatekin
Clairvoyant of the Small: The Life of Robert Walser (Yale University Press, 2021) is an affectionate, precise piece of writing that illustrates a man of complexities both personal and professional. It is an intimate portrait of an artist, soul-crushing in its realism, with all its valor and rigor.
Lucy Ives’s CosmogonyBy Cigdem Asatekin
Cosmogony consists of 12 stories, every single one a profound narrative that takes a different form. When they get surreal, they are reminiscent of dream sequences. Even when they dont, there is the slight hint of something unearthly, or at least uncanny throughout the book.