Mirrors of Displacement
Liverpool Biennial - Independent 2002, Liverpool
'The Derelict Sensation' 2003, St. Pancras Chambers, London
Mixed Media - Mirror, frame, chair, light bulb, building materials
Dimensions - (260cmx200cmx200cm)
Text by MEGAKLES ROGAKOS - September 2002
Though subjective, the work of Sumer corresponds to life as a universal condition. His art is replete with contemporary concerns about identity, otherness, displacement and belonging; all of which are fundamental ideas that capture the spirit of our time.
With 'Mirrors of Displacement' Sumer imagines pairing sections from two different houses belonging to different locations and periods in time; one modern, the other Victorian. The sections reveal several layers of plaster, and this is to justify the sinking of the mirror and its frame separately into either wall's layers of history. Sumer uses the idea of layering to expose and explore the subject of 'displacement', a concept we better accept and adapt to, because - especially today - everything is displacement; in terms of geography, language, culture - to name a few. Though existing in different locations, 'Mirrors of Displacement' brings the two houses together. At the same time however, the one thing that unites the two sections, which is the mirror, also keeps them apart. What joins the two sections is a ghost that has the memory of both places and lives in between the two sections. The dialogue that takes place here is quite introvert, dealing with interior space and internal memories; in metaphysical terms, a metaphor for sinking from sub-consciousness into consciousness.
MIRRORS OF DISPLACEMENT by SUMER EREK
CREDITS: LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL INDEPENDENT 2002 - M.A.I.S. IV EXHIBITION CURATORS JULIAN GILLESPIE, NINA + TOLSTEN ROMER / FUNDING A-FOUNDATION, NORTH WEST ARTS BOARD, InAF / DERELICT SENSATION 2003 ST PANCRAS LONDON EXHIBITION CURATOR GILLIAN McIVER - LUNA NERA