Erdem Taşdelen | Dear,
This book, published in 2010, compiles Erdem Taşdelen’s word-based artwork Dear,. The twenty-four anonymous, undated and very personal letters that make up Dear, seem to be suspended in a first-draft state. Reading closely, it becomes clear that this is not a correspondence but rather a one-sided exchange between the author and themselves. The letters disclose their most private reflections while simultaneously challenging the authenticity of these feelings with analytic detachment. The typed texts have been anxiously marked up and corrected by hand, and in exasperation – a second-guessing that harangues the writer for breaks in logic, improper syntax and evasive or vague passages. At other times, the editor’s fidgety revisions pause to helpfully smooth and polish an acceptable phrase or to comment that a passage exemplifies “the postmodern condition.” At one point, even the sentiment “I hope one day we can just let ourselves be ourselves around each other” has been worried with a complicated re-working. The project approaches the act of writing as an exercise in self-reflexivity, an inward gaze rather than a means of communicating with another.