We are pleased to present Serpentine, an exhibition of new collage works from Danish artist Evren Tekinoktay.
The works in the show have a close relationship to Tekinoktay’s iconic neon sculptures, reminiscent of carnivals and Red-Light Districts. Translated from original sketches for the neons into painted paper cut-outs, the collages retain the same sense of energy, movement and vibrancy as the neons. Their geometric patterns and arrangements are offered up as rebuses, puzzles where words are replaced by images, symbols and letters.
Tekinoktay’s work often plays off concepts surrounding the construction of gender and so the show title, Serpentine, connotes a multitude of ideas, visual images and historical references. Of course, primarily referring to the serpentine curves found in the works, yet also beyond that, the serpent or snake-like figure suggests something more potent, deceptive and devious.