Istanbul's Gallery Merkur to exhibit works of Seckin Pirim at the Saatchi Gallery
Gallery Merkur, Istanbul's fastest growing contemporary art space for established and emerging artists, is delighted to announce the staging of its first London exhibition. Gallery Merkur will showcase the work of Seckin Pirim, one of the most significant artists to emerge onto the Istanbul art scene in recent years. The exhibition entitled Works from the Discipline Factory will take place between the 29th October and the 4th November.
Pirim in association with Gallery Merkur will exhibit ten recent works from his 'Discipline Factory' series, which were recently exhibited in Istanbul to great critical acclaim. These abstract sculptures provide a commentary on the restrictions that society can impose on our lives, sometimes obstructing the choices we are free to make. It is telling therefore, that the series was started whilst Pirim was serving his six months military service. Though the work is not a direct response to Pirim's situation, he describes them as 'materialised forms of the reaction of social and personal structures to the act of being controlled'.
The works focus on the exploration on how we want to live our lives and how we are told to. This is echoed in the colours, layers and forms of the work. There is a contrast between geometric, methodical shapes and smooth, slippery surfaces to represent restrictions versus freedom. Pirim's idea stems from a playground slide - the anticipation of climbing the squared steps and the freedom of sliding down the smooth metal is something experienced in childhood and is a feeling carried forward into our adult lives. Alongside the sculptures there will also be a series of 2D works on paper.
Pirim's work can be found in some of Turkey's best known collections including the Eczacibasi, Sabanci and Borusan Collections. Internationally his work continues to demand significant attention. Currently works have been acquired for private and public collections in China, Taiwan, USA and Italy to name but a few countries.
Sabiha Kurtulmus, who founded the Gallery Merkur in 2010 and is one of Istanbul's most respected and experienced gallerists, comments, "I am delighted to be able to showcase the work one of Turkey's most respected and influential contemporary artists at of all places, the world famous Saatchi Gallery. This I believe to be a fitting venue for an artist of Pirim's talents. My aim has always been to bring new and fresh soul to the Turkish contemporary art scene but to be able to do this on an international stage with an artist of Pirim's ability is a great opportunity both for the artist and Gallery Merkur. I would also like to thank Art Advisor, Serra Grantay, for her invaluable advice and support in realising this exhibition."
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