From one vantage point, Gulay Semercioglu’s sculpture Golden Circles might look as though there are literally golden discs stacked amongst each other like a blossoming chrysanthemum. When viewed from another angle, the “golden discs” seem to spin and interact with each other as they catch the gallery lights. The work comes alive!
Each of the golden discs are carefully woven together in a highly calculated fashion with continuous vivid reflective gold-aluminum wire that then continues along to the next disc. To the untrained eye, it looks like a spinning sculpture of 24k gold but when looked at closely, the fun, mystery and intense craft are exposed.
This Thursday at the Leila Heller Gallery you can catch the opening of Variations on Line, a solo show by talented Turkish artist, Gulay Semercioglu. In addition to gold, she uses other colorful light-reflecting wires like black, red, and green to create abstract works filled with movement. The viewing experience may either be dizzying or meditative depending on your perspective.
Semercioglu gets her inspiration from “microorganisms, simple leaf forms, mountains, and even water.” She says “I like that [my art] makes contradictions exist and reconcile.” Her works have oftentimes been described as tangible objects that the viewers desire to touch. As much as the viewers desire to do so, they must keep in mind that it takes Semercioglu months create her sculptures. Although, the process is extremely rigorous it’s definitely rewarding.
“What I have discovered in myself is a calling, an appetite for architectural design. In my thoughts I am designing buildings” says Semercioglu.
You can’t experience the delicate nature of this work or the movement when it catches the light unless you’re there to see it in person! Head to Leila Heller Gallery to see for yourself!
Variations on Line
Leila Heller Gallery
Oct. 11 – Nov. 10
Opening Reception: Thurs. 10/18, 6-8pm
568 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001