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Electric Mannerism: Hande Şekerciler, featuring works by ha:ar on Thursday 13th - Thursday 27th January 2022
Opening on 13th January, 'Electric mannerism' presents a dynamic start to the year by bringing together a series of sculptures, light boxes, and NFTs to explore the theme of the human 'self' as well as the intersection between the plastic arts and new media technology.
Born in 1982 in Bursa, Turkey, Sekerciler attended Marmara University, studying in the Departments of Arts and Crafts Education from 1998 to 2002. Following exhibitions in leading institutions in Ankara, Venice,, and Milan, Sekerciler is internationally recognised for her bronze and marble figures inspired by the art of the Hellenistic and Renaissance periods. The artworks from these periods act as a stimulus for her exploration of the notion of the 'ideal' and the multifaceted nature of the human 'self.'
This exhibition will showcase Sekerciler's most multidisciplinary work to date. In addition to her patinated bronze sculptures, the exhibition will display a series of light boxes, video art and NFTs - available via the NFT platform SuperRare - made in collaboration with the innovative artist Arda Yalkin.
Working between Istanbul and New York, Sekerciler and Yalkin established ha:ar with the desire to combine a classical approach to art with new technologies. In 'Electric Mannerism' the artist duo reinterpret the compositions of Mannerist paintings of the Late Renaissance (1520-1600) to offer a new view on the contemporary 'self.' The celestial bodies within enigmatic compositions, as seen in paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, for example, provide the template for the digitally crafted figures in the glowing light boxes and NFT videos by ha:ar. Every element of their work is characterised by Mannerist dramatic bodily tension, yet contrastingly the figures are stripped of clothing, lack identifiable features and are intrinsically linked to new media technology. This so-called 'purification' is an attempt to free figures from gendered or societal labels, offering an important axis for self-reflection.
'Electric Mannerism' offers to the public a multi sensory experience but also explores the mirroring of digital and tangible realities, raising critical questions surrounding the shifting landscape of fine art and the expressive possibilities of new media.
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