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Serie/series: „About London”

Ebru Eruelkue's photographs take familiar scenes and scenarios into
the fantastical by combining documentary style images with glimpses of absurd fictions.
Her images seem to almost represent the strange realities that lurk at the edges of
our vision, sights that disappear as soon as we turn to look in more detail.
In the series "About London" views of Big Ben and Parliament, that have been illustrated
countless times to create tourist visions of London, become infected with scarlet clouds,
in another image the stripes of the television test-card appear billboard size in
"Trafalgar Square", and in a third "Walthamstow's greyhounds" are seen racing through
the abandoned marshlands of East London. Through her use of photography and
technology, Eruelkue creates images that question perceptions of reality with a wry humour.
Text: Lisa Le Feuvre/ Royal College of Art Show Catalogue 05



...Ebru Erülkü started her series About London in early 2004. A newcomer to London,
she found the noise and clamour of the city both disturbing and inspirational.
Her photographs reframe familiar city sights with fictional coloured clouds, altering
our perceptions of well-known landmarks. In "Ravens Flying Upstream" we see St Paul’s
from the south bank of the river, the new pedestrian bridge a bold slash across the Thames,
and a cloud of ravens gathered in flight just above the surface of the water. Are they heading
west from the Tower of London, signaling the imminent fall of the monarchy? More disturbing,
though, are the red clouds obscuring the City, as if the Fire of London has been reignited.
Another portentous shot shows the Palace of Westminster under a hovering red cloud, an
ominous view of a city under siege from terrorist attack.
TheTimes 05



Ebru Erülkü started her series About Londonin early 2004. She found the melée of
the city both disturbing and inspirational. Her images reclothed the familiar in vivid
fictional clouds which alter perceptions and link the viewer with London’s dynamic past and
uncertain future. By breaking out from the confines of time and space Ebru unleashes an
hitherto unexplored energy in our unconscious and our associations with reality and the familiar.
Ebru works with an analogue camera and then digitises her material to enable her to use
digital manipulation.The degree of this intervention varies and may be minimal depending
upon the idea, She believes that whatever the instrument is reality is always changed when
an image is created. She strives to represent what we see and fuse this with the possibilities
of what we might see.
Artist's statement, RCA Summershow, Hoopers Gallery, 05



....The most dramatic body of work at last year's Royal College of Art show was by German
artist Ebru Erulku, 32, winner of the RCA Society and Thames & Hudson Art Book Prize. In her
recent series of dramatic aerial portraits of London, furious swirls of cloud, underlid in oranges and
intense reds, part to reveal the fragilities of Big Ben or the Millennium Bridge. Our next chance
to see her work is at the Red Mansion Art Prize Exhibition in London.
The Independent 05



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Serie „Räume”

Ebru Erülküs Raumansichten wirken verstörend. Muffige, gebraucht wirkende Gegenstände
wie eine Couch samt rotem Bezug und eine anatomische Zeichnung hinter einem halbdurchsichtigen
Vorhang arrangiert sie zu einer rätselhaften Szenerie. Ob es sich um ein verfallenes Behandlungszimmer
handelt, oder um private Einrichtungsgegenstände ist nicht abzulesen. Die angeschnittene Ansicht
vermittelt dem Betrachter den Eindruck, uneingeladen zu Besuch zu sein, eine unbehagliche Situation.
Ebru Erülkü inszeniert ihre Interieurs sorgfältig. Meist setzen sie sich aus gefundenen gesammelten, auch
selbst konstruierten Objekten zusammen. In der Betrachtung über die Zeit entwickeln die Gegenstände für
die Künstlerin ein Assoziationspotential, das sie zum Ausgangspunkt ihrer Ensembles macht. Meist steht zu
Beginn einer Aufnahme ein atmosphärischer Gesamteindruck, den sie in kleinen Skizzen festhält. Im Arrangement
der Gegenstände verdichtet Erülkü diesen Eindruck zu einem Bild, das sie mit Hilfe der Fotografie fixiert.
In den Bildern lässt sich eine Nähe zu traumbildhaften Erinnerungen spüren, letztlich entsteht die eigenartige
Wirkung der Bilder jedoch durch die Verankerung im Hier und Jetzt, als Ausschnitte einer möglichen Realität....
Marabo Magazin 04