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Ayse Erkmen’s Project for Witte de With

"Turquoise transports us to an exciting, tropical paradise while offering a sense of protection and healing in stressful times." The color chart manufacturer Pantone uses these flowery words to describe its "Color of the Year 2010," which otherwise goes by the more prosaic name 15-5519. This numerical code also provides the title for Ayse Erkmen’s most recent project for Witte de With. 15-5519 is the third part of a series titled Between You and I of commissions for the façade of the Rotterdam museum. It started with a monumental photo piece by the Russian artists’ group AES+F, followed by Isa Genzken’s homage to Michael Jackson. Erkmen, who in 2001 created the action Shipped Ships for Deutsche Bank’s Moment project series, cloaks a part of the building with turquoise-colored nylon fabric. Erkmen has taken the embroidered pattern from Theo van Doesburg’s painting Contra-Composition XVI (1925). Instead of using the primary colors favored by the De Stijl artists, however, she uses the contemporary 15-5519. Erkmen transfers Doesberg’s iconic painting into the three-dimensional. At the same time, her sculptural work, which recalls a protective winter jacket, enters into a dialogue with the museum architecture.

15-5519 is typical for the work of the Berlin-based artist. Instead of portable objects, Erkmen for the most part creates site-specific interventions that only exist for a short time. She often manipulates pre-existing situations that she finds in museums. For instance, in 2004 Erkmen mounted lamps onto the cleaning mechanism on the roof of the Vienna Secession and transformed the glass roof into a playing field of constantly shifting squares of color. For her most ambitious project to date, Shipped Ships, she had three passenger ferries from Venice, Istanbul, and Japan transported to the Main in Frankfurt. With this action, Deutsche Bank opened its Moment project series, which consists of art actions in public space.

Ayse Erkmen: 15-5519
9/11/2010 – 1/9/2011
Witte de With, Rotterdam

Currently on view in Berlin:
Ayse Erkmen: Doppelhaushälfte
9/4/ - 10/23/2010
Galerie Barbara Weiss

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