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Leila Heller is pleased to present Variations on Line\,the first solo exhibition in the United States by renowned Turkish artist Gulay Semercioglu \, on view at Leila Heller Gallery\, located at 568 West 25th Street\, from October 11 through November 10\, 2012.

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Semercioglu forms geometric\, 3-dimensional compositions by weaving thin vibrantly colored metal wires on to a wooden plank. More than twenty layer s are created from one long piece of metal wire wound around numerous nails .  The results are abstract\, perhaps even meditative\, works inspired by t he shapes of microorganisms\, simple leaf forms\, mountains\, and even wate r. Light and perception play a significant role in Semercioglu’s oeuvre. Th e aluminum knit works transform visually as light reflects off the work at different points according to the time of the day and the viewing position.

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“At first glance the eye is unsure whether it is looking at a text ile or industrial object\, at handicraft or machine product\,” observes jou rnalist Melik Kaylan in his essay from the catalog accompanying Variatio ns on Line. “There is in the work a suggestion simultaneously of Orient al sumptuousness and of futurist design. Indeed\, the eye is unsure all aro und\, but it feels ravished by a profound and striking visual utterance tha t keeps echoing.”

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Semercioglu is aware that her work evokes dualiti es. “I like that [my art] makes contradictions exist and reconcile.”  The i nterplays between East and West\, ancient and hi-tech\, art and craft\, scu lptural and painterly\, silken and textured are all encouraged and provoked in Semercioglu’s ultra-fine steely tapestries.  Works such as Separate Pieces\, 2012\, Green Apple\, 2011\, and Golden Circles\, 2012\, seem at once representational\, suggestive of other things—peacocks tails\ , glossy fans—and yet only of themselves and the integrity of their materia l.  “People like to touch them\, as if they were piano or harp strings.” Se mercioglu says. “That is as it should be—they are tactile\, made by touch. They communicate also on that level.”

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It takes Semercioglu weeks\, even months of painstaking handiwork\, often using miles of wire\, as ancie nt textile makers once did\, to create her pieces. The Semercioglu family o riginally hailed from Turkey’s eastern city of Gaziantep where such crafts once flourished. “My grandfather\, when he was bored or unhappy\, used to r esort to weaving. My grandmother used to win prizes for her embroidery and jewelry. It’s in my genes and in the process.” To that organic and traditio nal process she has added the rigors of structure and form. “What I have di scovered in myself is a calling\, an appetite for architectural design. In my thoughts I am designing buildings.”  

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About Gulay Semercioglu

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Gulay Semercioglu was born in Istanbul in 1968. She studied pa inting and Social Sciences at Mimar Sinan University and has had 6 solo exh ibitions in Istanbul. Additionally\, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions worldwide\, including in Abu Dhabi\, Berlin\, Dubai\, Hong Kon g\, New York\, and Zurich. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awa rds including is the Dr. Nejat Eczacıbaşı Art Museum Award at the Contempor ary Artists 15th Istanbul Exhibition\, the Turkey Jockey Club Painting Comp etition Achievement Award\, and the first prize at Siemens Art Awards. Seme rcioglu lives and works in Istanbul.

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