Ercan Akin combines his hyperrealist oil paintings of solitary women and landscapes with minimalist-inspired grids and repeating lines. “I base my work on the problems of individuals and on imaginary spaces,” he says. “Because of this I think that I meet with people at a shared point. The spaces I create display the disconnect between the fear of loneliness that everyone occasionally experiences and the life that everyone imagines for themselves.” Sometimes Akin inscribes his geometric patterns in the surface of the painting, trapping his subjects behind them, while at others the geometry forms the space itself that his subjects navigate. His work explores the area between the two extremes, of almost photorealistic figuration and pure abstraction.