Present Tense: SEYHUN TOPUZ

3 November - 9 December 2017

Galeri Nev İstanbul is excited to present a new solo show by Seyhun Topuz. Titled Present Tense, the exhibition features eleven recent sculptures that resemble none of the earlier periods of Topuz. 


For this exhibition, the artist returns to forms that she experimented with in her studio in the 80’s. At the time, unsure of what their outcome would be, she had left them to mature. Now ready to go back to these forms, she creates copper sculptures that look like crumpled and tossed away papers. Departing from the well-known geometrical forms seen in her practice, these sculptures are constructed by bending copper plates. They are formed during the process of bending the metal and do not follow any previous sketch. This new method allows for spontaneity and encourages an expressionist manner. 


Generally using primary colors in her works, for this show, Topuz presents an installation dominated by black and white, showcasing only two yellow sculptures.


Seyhun Topuz graduated from Academy of Fine Arts Sculpture Department in Istanbul, in 1971. In 1974 she started working as an assistant in the same department. She continued working in New York with sculptor Jose de Creef between 1978 – 1980. In 1983 she returned to New York for a year and the same year she opened her first solo show at Maçka Sanat Galerisi, in Istanbul. Topuz has been invited to several group shows since 1973 and participated in the first Istanbul Biennial in 1987. She received Aydın Doğan Award in Sculpture in 2008.