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From Bauhaus to Bretagne: Senem Oezdogan’s New Paintings at Cooler Gallery

A trip to the wild northeastern coast of France last summer inspired several of Senem Oezdogan’s new paintings, on view now at Cooler Gallery in Brooklyn — “cliffs, sandy beaches, rough seas, small roads, and strong winds create there a beautiful landscape filled with abstract shapes and splashes of color,” says Oezdogan. But to our mind, some of the works are heir to another aesthetic touchstone — the classic 1970s Marimekko Seven Flowers print, which adorned the sheets of at least one of your Sight Unseen editors. Whatever the inspiration, though, the paintings are a marked departure from Oezdogan’s previously more Bauhaus-inspired color-field work. Called Surface Tension, the exhibition is presented by Uprise Art, where Oezdogan’s paintings are currently for sale.

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