Ayşe Erkmen

1949 | Istanbul, Turkey
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Turkish sculptor and artist.

Ayşe Erkmen studied sculpture at the Mimar Sinan University and graduated in 1977. In 1993 she took part in the DAAD International Artist Residency Programme in Berlin. She then continued to spend time in both Berlin and Istanbul, becoming a teacher at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and then at the Münster Kunstakademie. She first and foremost sets out aesthetic strategies and profound reflections on the artistic process and its reach. Her sculptures can be objects, installations, and photographs, as well as basic technical interventions. She each of the spatial dimensions, not only to invent new shapes but also to reveal some of a space’s own qualities, features that are present yet concealed. Developed as phenomenological concepts, her works can be read on different levels. Often designed for specific times and places, her works are akin to architecture and navigate in a world of highly diverse shapes and materials: for her installation Between You and I (2011), the artist covered the Rotterdam Art Centre with a turquoise nylon skin; in Crystal Rock (2008), a large stone mass was placed on the roof of a skyscraper.

A. Erkmen represented Turkey at the 2011 Venice Biennale with Plan B, a poetic and ironic installation that revealed the complex relationship between Venice’s architecture and its water: red, green, blue, and purple pipes, just like a network of blood vessels, linked machines and transformed the Arsenale exhibition venue into a room for purification. Thus purified, the water was redirected into the Grand Canal.

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Maïa Kantor

Translated from French by Jo Garden.

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Ayşe Erkmen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Ayşe Erkmen, On Water, 2017, site specific installation: ocean cargo containers, steel beams, steel grates, 6400 x 640 cm walkway, Courtesy Ayşe Erkem & Dirimart, Istanbul, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, © Photo: Roman Mensing

Ayşe Erkmen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Ayşe Erkmen, Am Haus (On the House), 1994, installation, 40 suffixes / word endings out of plexiglass on rendering, dimensions unknown, Courtesy Ayşe Erkem & Dirimart, Istanbul, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich

Ayşe Erkmen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Ayşe Erkmen, Warme Bänke [Warm Benches], 1997, sculpture: eight heated benches made of stainless steel on footings, underground pipelines, each bench: 77 x 34 x 154 cm, Courtesy Ayşe Erkem & Dirimart, Istanbul, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, © Photos from Ayşe Erkmen Archive

Ayşe Erkmen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Ayşe Erkmen, Shipped Ships, 2001, three ferries from Italy, Japan and Turkey with crews, passengers, ship dimensions: 2,435 x 412 x 80 cm, 1,900 x 276 x 80 cm, 2,682 x 520 x 125 cm, Courtesy Ayşe Erkem & Dirimart, Istanbul, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich

Ayşe Erkmen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Ayşe Erkmen, Stoned, 2003, installation, limestone, three steel ropes, chain, steel beam, counterweights, existing glass roof, existing concrete wall, weight of boulder: 2,250 kg, length of beam: 645 cm, counter weight: 9,000 kg, surface of glass roof (length x width): 1,296 x 1,130 cm, height of concrete wall: 240 cm, Courtesy Ayşe Erkem & Dirimart, Istanbul, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, © Photo: Wolfgang Günzel

Ayşe Erkmen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Ayşe Erkmen, Bis August (Until August), 2004, installatio, twelve buoys made of plastic, ropes made of nylon, twelve balls made of rubber, Courtesy Ayşe Erkem & Dirimart, Istanbul, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, © Photo: Ayşe Erkmen Archive

Ayşe Erkmen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Ayşe Erkmen, Scenic Overlooks, 2004, video projection, colour, sound, 13’, Courtesy Ayşe Erkem & Dirimart, Istanbul, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, © Photo: Marc Dorazillo

Ayşe Erkmen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Ayşe Erkmen, Crystal Rock, 2008, sculpture, stainless steel, motor powered mechanics, 150 x 375 x 200 cm, Courtesy Ayşe Erkem & Dirimart, Istanbul, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich

Ayşe Erkmen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Ayşe Erkmen, Bluish, 2009, site-specific installation: nylon, carbon fiber tube, glass fiber tube, rope, copper, 237 x 1475 x 490 cm, Courtesy Ayşe Erkem & Dirimart, Istanbul, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, © Photo: Marc Dorazillo

Ayşe Erkmen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Ayşe Erkmen, Bluish, 2009, site-specific installation: nylon, carbon fiber tube, glass fiber tube, rope, copper, 237 x 1475 x 490 cm, Courtesy Ayşe Erkem & Dirimart, Istanbul, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, © Photo: Marc Dorazillo

Ayşe Erkmen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Ayşe Erkmen, Places, 2015, installation, stainless steel reinforced concrete with glass mosaic tile, dimensions variable, Courtesy Ayşe Erkem & Dirimart, Istanbul, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich

Ayşe Erkmen — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Ayşe Erkmen, KıpraşımRipple, 2017, 19 pieces in aluminium, variable dimensions, Courtesy Ayşe Erkem & Dirimart, Istanbul, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, © Photo: Hadiye Cangökçe

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