Ayşe Erkmen

Ayşe Erkmen, whose practice, and in particular, site-specific works are etched in memory, takes the social and physical environment that she is in as a starting point and by repositioning the existing structure in her particular style, impels viewers to think about space. Her works, which make spaces experiential, do not exhibit a concern for forming a formal language. Instead, the artist invites her viewers to engage in a dialogue with the physical, visual, social, and psychological dimensions of environments, such as museums, gallery windows, exhibition spaces, parks, rivers and squares. The contemporaneity of Erkmen’s works is derived from her pointing to the already-existing in different forms. While she makes ‘sculptural’ propositions in her temporary interventions, taking the space as is in exhibition locations, she adds on as few ‘foreign’ elements as possible. Reconfiguring the objects and relationships in spaces that we encounter daily or sporadically by disrupting or getting rid of them, Erkmen interweaves art and life, forming singular areas. The artist thus makes visible models of socializing that open up reality; the works are complete only when there are viewers present.

Ayşe Erkmen (b. 1949 Istanbul). She graduated from the Department of Sculpture, Mimar Sinan University in 1977. In 1993, she participated in the DAAD International Artist Residency Programme in Berlin. Erkmen worked as the Arnold Bode Professor at Kassel Art Academy in 1998–1999, as lecturer at Frankfurt Städelschule in 2000–2007 and at Münster Kunstakademie in 2008–2016. Among the international exhibitions Erkmen has participated in are the 2nd, 3rd and 13th Istanbul Biennial; the Turkish Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale; Manifesta 1, Shanghai, Berlin, Gwangju, Sharjah, Limerick, Scape, Ichihara, Aicihi biennials; and the Folkestone and Echigo-Tsumari triennials. Her recent shows include Beethoven Bewegt, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (2020); Whitish, Arter, Istanbul (2019); Kıpraşım Ripple, Dirimart, Istanbul (2017); A, SMAK, Ghent (2016); Une histoire, art, architecture et design, des années 80 à aujourd’hui, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Ayşe Erkmen: Intervals, Barbican Center, London (2013). Erkmen participated in the Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017 with a project titled On Water and in the first edition of the Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019 with her project three of four. In 2020, she is granted the prestigious triennial Ernst Franz Vogelmann Sculpture Award, the first woman artist receiving it. She lives and works in Berlin and Istanbul.

SELECTED WORKS
I Insist
I Insist
Making Ripples
Making Ripples
three of four
three of four
On Water
On Water
not the color it is
not the color it is
3DN
3DN
Glass Works
Glass Works
Plan B
Plan B
Bluish
Bluish
PFM-1 & Others
PFM-1 & Others
Am Haus
Am Haus
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