Where does performance stop, where does drawing begin? Where does drawing stop, where does sculpture begin? Where does sculpture stop, where does space begin? How do space and time relate to the work of art and how does the spectator relate to it? These are the question you are immediately confronted with when you step into the exhibition spaced out by Haluk Atalayman.
Haluk Atalayman made his pieces specifically for the rooms of the gallery. He has not seen the space since a first meeting. His works were conceived in Istanbul, but he imagined himself into the gallery space. The results are sculptural installations that, first of all, integrate the rooms of the gallery without compromise. They define them and denote them, and form a unity with them. At the same time, they are independent; so that they create their own spaces which they fill and empty out, and that absorb the rooms of the gallery and create a new, greater space. In short, Haluk Atalaymans installations become visible through the space they are in and make it visible at the same time. The core of the exhibition is to perceive this when being at the same time inside and outside of these sculptural spaces.
With his rusting iron bars that form a drawing in the room, and an installation of ropes that evokes the “Hexenspiel” (a children’s game where you create various figures with a string between your fingers and that exists in almost every culture), Haluk Atalayman creates transformations with the media. It is only in the act of these transformations that the similarities and differences between the space and the sculptures become apparent. They play with the opposites of order and disorder, of control and loss of control, of connectedness and separation, and make the distinctions between them blur. The spectator cannot, as s/he is used to, distance him/herself from the object, but stands right in the middle of it. In the same manner – free of distance – a sculpture-drawing will be formed together with the visitors, to be installed inside the gallery space later.
Haluk Atalayman studied at Tony Cragg’s sculpture class at the UdK Berlin. He was Meisterschüler of the multi-media Prof. Lothar Baumgarten. He lives and works in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main and Istanbul.
Exhibition organised/ curated by Torsten & Theresia @Kurt