“Everyone’s a Kid at a Kid’s Birthday Party” - Seda Hepsev at X-ist

By Cornucopia | January 28, 2011

(Seda Hepsev, A Graduate from a Related Department of a Good University, 2010) The fourth solo show at X-ist by acclaimed painter Seda Hepsev, Everyone's a Kid deals with people trying to escape - from themselves and from others. As with her earlier work, the paintings have a certain photographic quality, but here they are no longer based on actual photos. Realism is not the aim here, where the unreal - strange contortions and odd situations - is used as a means of confronting the truth. None of the characters shown here are willing to display their faces, which are hidden by flowers, sheets and shirts. In this exhibition, Hepsev has gone beyond the prevailing hyperrealist tendency in contemporary Turkish art to create something actually quite soulful. With their jaunty, optimistic titles (Can Work Flexible Hours, Is a Good Team Player, Presentable) which seem to have come straight from a job application, these pieces layer irony with melancholy, leavened by a touch of (gallows) humour. Everyone's a Kid runs until 12 February. Abdi İpekçi Caddesi, Kaşıkçıoğlu Apt. No.42 D.2, Nişantaşı, Istanbul

Posted in Contemporary Art Tagged seda hepsev, x-ist
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