"Is this already the exhibition or is it still being prepared? Ayşe Erkmen has conceived an installation for Marie 10 that could not be simpler and at the same time gets to the heart of an important starting point for any initiative for contemporary art: the space itself, its shape, its quality. In it, a single element rises up, takes measure and connects floor and ceiling. What might appear to be an archetype of a column is, however, nothing but a large roll of bubble wrap, sealed and tightened to the space by adhesive tape. Everyday packing materials of the art business have, as it were, "taken on a life of their own" and morphed into sculpture and installation.
As is so often the case in Ayşe Erkmen's work, the given location, its spatial as well as its social or other characteristics are the starting point and motif. Her intervention in the situation is often minimal and perhaps even "invisible" at first glance. What she adds is self-evident but nevertheless borders on the miraculous. With Hochstapler, improvisation seems to be the director. The packaging roll is simply placed vertically - but at a precisely calculated point. The adhesive tape holds it together as usual - but it is bright red and "fixes" it in the room as well.
Ayşe Erkmen has staged a prelude with a light hand but confident gesture. The work marks a transition from empty space to exhibition space. Without putting herself in the foreground, but with an ironic touch, she plays around in the delicate moment when nothing more than a little material becomes something that could be called art. At the same time, she gives Marie 10 something of a motto to follow: concentration and casualness, ambition and accessibility, concept and sensuality." (Julian Heynen)
Photo credit: Nick Ash