Ayşe Erkmen


If we search for a leitmotif in the diverse range of Ayşe Erkmen’s work, we will find it in her attitude, in how she reacts to places, contexts and events. A common thread – literally! – runs through the artist’s work when she deals with abstract concepts such as time, space, nature, perception and art and gives them physical form. Works materialise that exhibit great precision, technical reductionism and yet also a particular aesthetic expressiveness. With the same logic of perception and expression, Erkmen picks out the smallest entity in her ‘Twist’ carpet design for NeedKnot, the one that initially stands alone and then comes together to create the whole: the thread. Only through the twisting together of threads does the yarn come into being, the yarn that is woven to form the fabric of the carpet. When such a thread weaves its dizzying path across the backdrop of Erkmen’s carpet, it is comparable to a drawing that emerges from a multitude of individual strokes – a finished work that is only revealed in the sum of its parts.

Ayşe Erkmen was born 1949 in Istanbul. She lives and works in Istanbul and Berlin. She studied art and majored in sculpture at Istanbul’s Fine Arts Academy. As part of a Berlin Artists in Residence Program she spent 1993 a year in the city, held 1998 the documenta’s provisional professorship at the university of Kassel and was professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt a. M. from 2001 to 2005. In 2002 she was awarded the Maria Sibylla Merian Prize of Science and Art in the State of Hesse. Her body of works include sculpture, installation and films. She participated in numerous exhibitions all over the world and as a selection of her many solo shows may only be mentioned her recent ones: ‘Ayşe Erkmen. Hausgenossen’, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2008); ‘Ayşe Erkmen. Weggefährten’, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2008); ‘Ayşe Erkmen. Ups and Downs’, Yapi Kredi Art Gallery, Istanbul (2008); ‘Ayşe Erkmen. Bluish’, Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany (2009); ‘Variations continues’ (with Füsun Onur and Seza Paker), Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France (2009); ‘15-5519, Between You and I’, Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2010); ‘On Its Own’, Rampa, Istanbul (2011), "Itself", Magazin 4, Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz (2011-2012); "Intervals", Barbican Art Center, London (2013-2014). Ayşe Erkmen represented Turkey at the 54th Venice Biennale 2011.


Artist: Ayşe Erkmen
Title: Twist
Material: Wool, Silk
Colors: Light Blue-Grey, Off-Black
Size: W 333 x L 350 cm
Edition: 8 + 2 AP