Ayşe Erkmen. Image by Serdar Tanyeli. Courtesy of the artist.

Sculpture Talk: Ayşe Erkmen

Leeds Beckett University

Ayşe Erkmen, whose practice and in particular, her site-specific works have been 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. The artist invites viewers to engage deeply in dialogue with the physical, visual, social, and psychological dimensions of environments such as museum galleries, gallery windows, exhibition spaces, parks, rivers, and squares.

Erkmen will be responding to a site of historical interest in Leeds to create a new work commissioned for Yorkshire Sculpture International.

While Erkmen makes “sculptural” propositions in her temporary interventions, taking the space as is, in exhibition spaces, she adds on as few “foreign” elements as possible. By reconfiguring the objects and relationships in spaces that we encounter daily or at times by getting rid of them, disrupting them, she 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 viewers are present.

Ayşe Erkmen (b. 1949, Istanbul), lives and works in Berlin and Istanbul. The most recent shows she has been on are On Water, Munster Skulptur Projekte, Münster (2017); KıpraşımRipple, Dirimart, İstanbul (2017); Pond to Pool to Pond, Saidaji Temple, Nara (2016); Uncertain States, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2016); “A” Exhibition, SMAK, Gent (2016); Strange Pilgrims, Austin Contemporary (2016); Imaginary Audience Scale, Auckland Art Space (2015); Fingerspitzgefühl, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin (2015); Une Histoire Art, Architecture, Design des Annees 1980 a nos Jours, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Ayşe Erkmen: Intervals, Barbican Centre, London (2013); More than Sound, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2012).

This event is part of the INSIDE/OUT Lecture Series and is brought to you by the Leeds Beckett University School of Art, Architecture & Design and Yorkshire Sculpture International.

Wednesday 3 April 2019 - Friday 31 December 2021

1 - 2.30pm

Lecture Theatre A
Level 2
Rose Bowl
City Campus
Leeds Beckett University
Portland Crescent

Free entry, but booking essential

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