Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents Intervention #11, recent work by the artist Eylem Aladogan (1975). The desert landscapes of Utah, Arizona and Nevada arouse emotions of power and fear in Aladogan. These feelings fascinate her and she expresses them in architectural and organic elements. Aladogan showed recent ceramic and graphic works in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen together with an installation she made especially for the museum.
The work by Eylem Aladogan at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen charts her development over the last three years. Aladogan’s journey through the deserts of the south-western United Sates in 2006 was the starting point for a new phase in her work. The overwhelming eroded landscapes challenged her sense of time and space as never before and aroused emotions of power and fear in her.
The ability to accept and control these anxieties fascinates Aladogan—particularly her conclusion that the desire for progress goes hand in hand with resistance. She investigates these psychological processes and translates them into her work through organic and architectural elements.
Aladogan translates her fascination with nature and architecture into the use of traditional materials and modern-day techniques in two and three-dimensional works. In her own words the artist describes her choice of materials as a ‘state of mind’, where the properties and constraints of the medium help to determine the content of the work. Her 2009 work ‘Backbone ‘Spearhead’, for instance, combines a drawing of the torso of a Native American with a photograph of Bryce Canyon. Aladogan has put razor-sharp shapes all over it with red tape. Her work contains stratification not only in material but also in meaning. She intertwines memories, feelings and events that lead to a complex pictorial language, so that her interpretation of reality produces images with several layers of meaning.
Eylem Aladogan lives and works in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Galerie Fons Welters exhibited her work in the autumn of 2009. Aladogan was nominated for the 2009 Volkskrant Fine Art Prize. In 2008 the Kröller-Müller Museum staged a solo exhibition with a retrospective of her monumental installations. She graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam in 1999.
Intervention #11- Eylem Aladogan was put together by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s City Collection curators, Saskia van Kampen and Louise Schouwenberg, whose projects focus on art and design from Rotterdam. Intervention #11 could be viewed in the ‘Klaverblad’: the four small rooms that link the original collection building with the new exhibition building.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen gives contemporary art a prominent position through presentations that reflect on and respond to the collection or the museum building. The contrast with existing art from the collection reinforces these visual statements and creates an exciting tension. The interventions sharpen the public’s perspective and stimulate the imagination.