A new outstanding member of the Archetypal Expressionism Group: Erkut Tokman

Why Archetypal Expressionism?

I was influenced by different art movementsas far as I was aware of them  since my teenage years untill today, which they have left their marks on the history of art.

I would say I was always enthusiastic about experimental art movements such as Cubism, Dadaism, Futurism, Surrealism, Constructivism etc.  However one can trully confess that we would not have learnt or seen through all those experimentalism without classical art movements.  Today’s art is multi-disciplinary and covers digitally, audio-visually, textually vast multi-layered information in their  communication  possibilities to enrich artist’s inspiration and creativity.

I knew the artist and poet Constantin Severin’s works for many years and  have been following them in progress. Archetypes and expressionism have been always among the major motifs and salient points in Art, Philosopy and Writing. To this end perhaps we can confront with the idea of being created or uncreated in forms  already existing as an archetypes for future or past’s uncountable entities, as  Aristotle once  philosophized. As one can observe creativelly an art into certain structure, form or conception such as painting, sculpture, cinema, poetry, theatre, writing etc. can even externalize towards other fields such as Mythes, Philospophy, Literature, History etc.and some of those can be considered as fundamentally and partially as  the basement or establishment of an art work.

What does fascinates me the most in Archetypal Expressionism as Constantin Severin described: “The archetype is a universal symbol, just as untranslatable as music. The archetypal fields are real, a mystery of the universe. The archetypal cosmos is atemporal; it only contains a virtual germ of time.” İt  made me think that Archetypal Expressionism offers us timely doubled dimension as spatial past and future, however this bi-dimensional approach, out of its timely deliverence, sets forth also elasticity and flexibitiy due to its imaginativeness and capability as an art movement that has been already occupying certain place since its existence in the history of art. This is obviously to say that this existence is not only as an expressionism but also as an abstract appeal to us therefore  the main terms “Archeytpe” and “Expressionism” allows an artist to travel between those spatial possibilites and sofort.

As Constantin paraphrased, particularly “The archetypal fields are real, a mystery of the universe. The archetypal cosmos is atemporal” explains exactly  my current digital art work called “O’nun Rüyası” (The Dream of Third Person or His/Her Dream) which you will observe it herein Constantin Severin’s blog. This digital art work is the latest among my serial visual poetry series which gradually transformed into Digital Art, those works mostly divert from common concepts of visual poetry, because they stand on philosophically rather than ontological; dimensionally the fourth and even the fifth and mindfully thought-provoking side where the usage of common symbols and punctions which became metaphors as a part of visual-language as if they were turning into atomical particles even furtherly juxtaposing to mysticism, esoterism, perceptiveness, metaphysical intuition and endless eyesight and its perspective becomes indispensable sources of my digital-visual art-works.

I would proudly like tounderline hereby,  the Artists of Archetypal Expressionism, although I have found each as eloquent and influencial, I treasured and was affiliated with mostly Constantin Severin, Alberto D’Assumpcao, Pablo Marie, Yulia Kirschner works and today I am so proud of being part of this somptuous and awe-inspiring brand-new art-movement, therefore I gratefully thank Constantin Severin.

Erkut Tokman. 07/09/2020.

Bio Erkut Tokman

Erkut Tokman (1971-) Turkish poet, performance and visual artist, was born in Istanbul. He studied theatre,modern dance and poetry in London,Bucharest and Milan. He started his first visual-art works in 2006, with serial-works called “Dadadairies” (four volumes) where he collobarated with the artists from different countries and art disciplines among those Mihai-Judit Balko (Scluptor-Visual artists-Curators-Romania), Mircea Roman(Sculptor-Romania),Vincent Liotta (Opera Professor-U.S.A), Amelia Antoniu (Soprano-Romania), Sabriye Çelik (Photographer Artist) can be considered. Later on he continued with his visual art works with İstanbul Plaques (4 pieces-2008) and Journey  of a rose towards unknown lands(2012). Over the last two years he focused on visual-poetry works using symbols and punctuations and widely published them in Turkey’s experimantal literary reviews, mostly those poems are considered by the poet under serial poems called O’nun Şiirleri” (Poems of Third person or His/Her poems), latest two of those visual poems called O’nun Müziği” (Music of Third person orHis/Her music) and “O’nun Rüyası” (Dream of Third person or His/Her Dream) are turning point of his visual poetry which became digital or visual art. He took part in different international mail art projects with his visual works as well as featured by literary reviews. His visual art-work called Journey  of a rose towards unknown lands was demonstrated in  13th Congress of National Turism in Mediterranean University-Antalya, in the exhibition called “Tourism”, “Tourist”,”Turkey: A Destination” (December-2012) He was presented as an artist in this year Borders Art  and Architecture Festival -2020 in Venice -Italy under “Fragmented İdentities”section.


About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin (constantinseverin.ro) is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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