Berlin-based sculptor and video artist Nevin Aladag is currently taking part in the exhibition component of Open Spaces 2018 in Kansas City through October 28, 2018.

Her hand-crafted sculpture “Resonator” made in collaboration with local musician and instrument maker Amado Espinoza, was conceived as a functional string instrument to be played by a trained musician, even though the work’s appearance is as an imported, exotic form, to be appreciated solely for its aesthetic qualities. Born in Turkey and raised in Germany, Aladağ is particularly engaged through her work with exploring ways that music and its production can both dissolve and reinforce sometimes stereotypical ideas about cultural differences. By presenting a hybrid construction that merges sculpture, furniture and object at the American Jazz Museum, Aladağ invites her viewers to consider the relationship between sight and hearing, and also suggests that the conventional distinctions between styles, genres and even ethnic and national identities in music sometimes exist in stark contrast to music’s capacity to dissolve such differences with its universal appeal.

Nevin Aladag Resonator Medium: Wood, Paint, and Musical Instrument findings