Whitish brings together works from Ayşe Erkmen's uninterrupted artistic production since 1970s and new pieces she has produced specially for this exhibition. Devised with a retrospective approach, the exhibition recontextualises 17 works from Erkmen's work oeuvre two of which are part of the Arter collection in close dialogue with Arter's new building, as a survey exhibition, Whitish attemps to give an insight on the diversity of physical and intellectual gestures Erkmen maintains in her working process, the multiplicity of the materials and media she employs, the sensations she aims to express, her ability to put architectural features into play, and her modus operandi while incorporating space and time into her works.
The Majority of Ayşe Erkmen's projects are closely tied to the space, situation, and time they occupy; the place and environmental context she is working in always become part of the work; they start belonging to each other, as though something borrowed form that place a measure, a form, a motif, a story, a possibility... has been restored to the place from which it was taken, in order to adapt themselves into their new environment. Works included in Whitsh are moving, standing, hanging, mumbling, reflecting on the walls, sticking onto the floor, climbing the windows, peeking in from the outside; thus settling themselves in the ups and downs of the gallery space, creating altogether a distinct, spatial experience, Whitish offers an indepth overview of Ayşe Erkmen's practice spanning fifty years and is the first institutional solo exhibition of the artist in Turkey.
Exhibition: Whitish, curated by Emre Baykal, Arter, Istanbul, 13 September 2019 - 08 March 2020