Lehmann Maupin presents MUTATIONS IN BLUE, WHITE AND RED, an exhibition of recent paintings, drawings, and sculpture by Mandy El-Sayegh that marks the London-based artist’s first solo exhibition in the U.S.
MUTATIONS IN BLUE, WHITE AND RED brings together examples from different series of works by El-Sayegh, which together form an artistic practice rooted in assemblage and the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity. Featured in the exhibition are a number of mixed- media paintings from El-Sayegh’sNet-Grid and White Grounds series, along with examples of her Windows series, which is comprised of intricate blue ink drawings executed on large-scale canvases. Also on view is a selection of the artist’s table works, vitrine-like sculptures containing small latex objects, images, and found ephemera, as well as works from her Piece Paintings series, which are exhibited here for the first time. El-Sayegh has also created an installation where she has applied layers of The Financial Times to the walls and floor of one of the galleries, offering a different surface for the work. The Financial Times, chosen both for its signification of global finance and the flesh-pink tone of its pages, reflects El-Sayegh’s interest in the complex interactions (and often confrontations) between the body and the political landscape.
Mandy El-Sayegh’s research-based practice stems from an interrogation of the part-to-whole relation in the fields of science and philosophy. Working across painting, installation, drawing and writing, she addresses the breakdown of sociopolitical, economic and semantic orders whilst also exploring the poetic and linguistic capacities of fragmented codes. This exploration manifests itself through a practice of continually evolving methods and experimental processes, in which conditions are set up to engender chance response and open up space for the production of composites. Meaning is kept in a state of flux.
Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions such as Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj (2017); Taking Part, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest (2016); this is a sign, Carlos/Ishikawa, London (2016); Room Services, New York Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, New York (2016); For Pete’s Sake, Carl Kostyál, Stockholm (2016); RCA Painting Degree Show, Royal College of Art, London (2010) and Mash Experience, Oxford Street, London (2007).
El-Sayegh received a BA in Mixed Media Fine Art from the University of Westminster, London (2007) and an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London (2009). Born in 1985 in Selangor, Malaysia, she currently lives and works in London.
The artist was part of Sharjah Biennial 13.