Gulay Semercioglu Exhibition; “EROTIC LINE”


The first question always asked me is whether I have an affinity with Cengiz Semercioğlu or Gülay Semercioğlu. Though we’re not relatives, our surname is not the only one in common between me and Gülay with whom I was acquainted in Galeri Binyıl years ago. When I was studying business administration, I changed my faculty for the love of painting. Gülay Semercioğlu, too, dropped medicine for the peace and happiness of painting.

The artist whom I’ve been following for years chooses abstract styles to express herself. She made large-scale geometric abstract paintings early in her career; later she headed to another way to create illusions. Paintings of Semercioğlu turns into 3D pieces with wires and screws and draws the viewer inside itself.

Horizontals, verticals, and diagonals… The artists emphasizes the geometry present in every field of life by saying”When we explore the structures of life, nature, architecture and even human, we will see vertical and horizontal diagonals.” Semercioğlu brings these three concepts forward with minimal abstraction in her works.

In her new exhibition to be opened on 17th May in Pi Artworks, the artist examines the meanings of concepts of body, gender, privacy and such in her own personal history. While transmitting these images to her works as colors, forms, textures and lights, she’s performing a kind of subjective analysis of subconscious. She presents the symbols of her life in a minimal way of expression and face the rough concept of body of the past.

Semercioğlu had taken the nature as reference in her exhibition”The Light on the Line”. The forms had a wide range of geographical organic formations from simple fictions and leaves to mountains and seas which are made up based on a small, single organism.

Her works produced in the last year take concepts such as body and gender as their references. She makes her pieces by stretching silver-based wires that have colors resembling eroticism on thousands of screws placed on a black surface.

Opposite to the nature of the material used, the coldness of metal turns into the curves of the body and makes up a hot and erotic impression. In this exhibition, we can see that Semercioğlu has ended the monochrome period and begun to her period of colors.

The artist was born in 1968 in Istanbul and graduated from the Painting Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Mimar Sinan University in 1994. She completed her master’s degree at her alma mater in Institute of Social Sciences in 1998. Between 1999 and 2008 in Yeditepe University and between 2008 and 2009 in Işık University, she taught Basic Art and Design classes as an instructor. The artist is represented in overseas exhibitions and fairs by Pi Artworks in Turkey since 2005; by Gallery Kashya Hildebrandin Zurich and by LTMH Gallery in New York since 2008. Among her latest major exhibitions are Scope Basel Fair with Pi Artworks Gallery in 2010, Mardin Biennial, Istanbul Cool exhibition in New York LTMH, Art Dubai Fair with Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Istanbul Next Wave exhibition held in Akademie Der Künste in Berlin in 2009, Art Hong Fair with Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Kaleidoscope Exhibition of Galerie Kashya Hildebrand in Zurich. Lastly, Semercioğlu opened a personal exhibition”The Light on the Line” in Pi Artworks Gallery in 2009 and attended Art Asia Miami with Pi Artworks and artparis Abu Dhabi Fairs with Galerie Kashya in 2008.

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