Group Exhibition at Anna Laudel Gallery

Anna Laudel Istanbul presents a group exhibition under the title of 'Love Over Entropy' between 11 March - 29 April 2021. The exhibition focuses on the notion of 'mind' in an ecosystem where beauty and consumer behaviours are standardised. The exhibition is curated by Ayça Okay and coordinated by Lal Batman, 'Love Over Entropy' showcases a diverse selection of artworks by 19 artists, including Elçin Acun, Lal Batman, Büşra Çeğil, Bahadır Çolak, Fırat Engin, Zeren Göktan, Kadriye İnal, Dinçer İşgel, Fırat İtmeç, Volkan Kızıltunç, Sinan Logie, Mert Özgen, Serra Duran Paralı, Nejat Satı, Ahmet Sel, Hande Şekerciler, Furkan Temir, Halil Vurucuoğlu and Aybala Yalçın. 

Curator Ayça Okay (1991, İzmir), completed her first master's degree at Istanbul Technical University in 2013 and continues her second master‟s program in Art Theory and Criticism at Işık University, İstanbul. As an independent curator, in addition to her projects with different institutions, she is also working as the EMEA Strategic Partner of the New York-based art platform; Arts and Culture Programs Director of Contemporary Istanbul Foundation, and the Art Consultant and curator of İGA Istanbul Airport. As of 2020 and with the rise of digitalism, she focused on new media and digital art more and co-curated Istanbul's first light festival titled “Istanbul The Lights”. She is also the art director of Pixel New Media Artist Residency Programme in 2020. Okay has a weekly column on arts in Posta Newspaper. Her passion for supporting contemporary art and artists led her to work with NGOs on projects with a social impact such as 'İyilik İçin Sanat' and 'Sanat Seninle', where she works as a board member.

Artist and curator Lal Batman (2001, Bursa) continues her academic education on plastic arts. She participated in various fairs and symposiums in Athens, Berlin, Chios Island, İstanbul, Miami, Paris, and Tokyo. She continues her productions in Istanbul with a multi-disciplinary approach. Besides her interest in art history, management, and her artist identity, she took part in various projects that she curated. Batman, held her first solo exhibition titled DEM in 2019, and curated the exhibition of 15 artists at FAM which is a gastronomy, art and music festival. After working at Galeri Artist for a while, she worked on independent projects. She is also the artistic director of the agency called Nebula. Founding partner of the global artist platform called Dott Projects, Batman works on artistic collaboration projects with corporate companies and brands. 

Taking its title after an electronic music song named Love Over Entropy, the exhibition emphasises the word 'entropy', which is defined as the randomness and disorder in a system. The exhibition draws inspiration from the idea of 'everything that exists in the universe is doomed to disappear one day'. Deriving from this proposition, it focuses on the new designs of society and our relationship habits that are formed by the dynamics that we are in, rapidly changing or abandoning the concepts and values from the past. 

The determinants of this new age have entered our lives in different forms and pushed us into a 'smart life'. The climate of our relationships, homes, and even the cities we live in have changed with smart communication tools. This in return let us design a new way of adaptation where 'mind' is placed at the very center of our lives and created a trend called sapiosexuality. The 21st century's prominent theme 'sapiosexuality', is at the center of the exhibition at this point.   

Questioning the potential and the pleasure created by the 'mind', the exhibition centers around the concept of sapiosexuality, which means being sexually attracted to highly intelligent people. Artists displaying at 'Love Over Entropy' use different techniques and materials, reflecting on this new trend and how the mind has become an object of desire. This interdisciplinary flirt of 19 artists stands up against both reason and emotions.

'Love Over Entropy' features a curated selection of works with different mediums and styling including painting, photography, installation, video, sculpture, and neon works, and will be on display until 29 April 2021 at Anna Laudel Istanbul. 

15th March, 2021 Visual Art | Paintings