“the places in which we have experienced day-dreaming reconstitute themselves in a new day-dream, and it is because our memories of former dwelling-places are re-lived as day-dreams these dwelling-places of the past remain in us for all time.”
- Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
I remember; is an exhibition about the day-dream of a place once lived in or imagined. It is about the body in those spaces both actual and imaginary, and it is nostalgic and nihilist about its own nostalgia.
Merve Işeri’s works on canvas are day-dreams encapsulated, representations of half-remembered, embodied and outer body experiences. The sometimes soft outlines are mixed with frames, hard and assured lines. Sometimes there is simply space and there appears to be forms human or otherwise. These forms hover in the ground of the canvas, a ground that may be common to both but in constant movement; the relationship between them, like the daydream itself, is fragile but pulsing with energy.
Jean Feline’s works vary in media from drawing to sculpture and installation. Each work, whether through scale or functionality of the thing represented and re-formed, plays with the idea of personal, cultural and historical memory; and too, plays with ideas surrounding how we live with objects and inhabit spaces and how objects themselves have a memory. A perfect example of the way an object, like a person, can have a day-dream-like memory is the Tam Tam stool designed by Henry Massonnet in 1968 - a chair which features prominently in the body of works Jean presents here.
Lara Ögel’s installation, video, sound, and works on paper also speak to the memory of and in objects as well as the lives lived and living that relate to them. In an installation of a time-worn bedroom, with earth overtaking and grass growing, Lara’s suggestion of a bed is noted only with ceramic paw foundations and wooden bars. Each made by hand and from memory the paws reference both her personal memory of a home once lived-in but also the muscle memory of and in making and remembering itself. The reliance on a day-dream state that takes you to a final form and feels like a memory brought to life.