A skilful colourist in her own right, Merve Iseri (Istanbul, 1992) makes paintings that draw on personal and archetypal allegories. Sev Kardesim (2020/21) - titled after a traditional Turkish song - is a semi- figurative painting featuring two mysterious figures that seem engaged in some kind of unknown ritual against a background of expressive brushstrokes and flecks of vibrant colour. The work was started just before last year’s first lockdown, and was only completed this Spring; the contrasting mood of the dark background and the colourful specks of paint perhaps reflecting the psychological changes experienced during this challenging year. Iseri is also present in the exhibition with a collection of small ink drawings, which she has been making daily over the past few months. These intuitive, humble, and precious little images have a diaristic quality, almost like records of different moods or interior landscapes which sometimes coalesce into recognisable images, other times becoming purely abstract, flux of consciousness impressions.
Off The Grid curated by Kiki MazzucchelliAnderson Borba | Alexandre Canonico | Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe | Merve Iseri | Ana Prata | Daniel Rios Rodriguez 18 Nov - 15 Dec 2021LAMB is pleased to present Off The Grid, a group exhibition featuring works by six artists who approach painting in unconventional ways. Departing from modern and contemporary pictorial traditions, they all create a unique visual language that originates from their own engagement with different cosmologies, art histories, procedures, and techniques. Therefore, what binds together this heterogeneous group of artists is both the idea of painting (understood as ‘in the expanded field’) and the singular way in which the works sit uncomfortably in relation to the so-called established Western art canons.