- Interpretation Alvar Aalto Opus 1 (Foyer Etudiant de Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1947-48)
- signed, titled and dated 2010
- watercolour on Arche paper and neon tubes in Plexiglas box
Delft, Galerie de Zaal, OPUS Series in Delft, 2012
Diverse in geography, culture and era, his exploration contrasts contemporary and historical structures, each plan presented as a coded method of linear representation. Sarkis questions the spatial properties of iconic buildings which he fingerprints using watercolour on paper. His method of execution acts as a scaled measurement of the space which he aims to portray. Sarkis’s sitemaps aim to encompass the unseen atmosphere and energy present in each space; engaging in discourse with the architect and the structure itself. His choice of buildings vary between masterpieces; such as spaces designed by the legendary architect Sinan, the Selimiye Mosque and the Atik Valide Mosque Complex, and distinguished examples of Ottoman architecture such as Haghia Sophia, and Ulu Mosque.
Sarkis also explores works by pivotal pioneers of contemporary architecture; the Cathedral of Le Corbusier in Ronchamp, Daniel Liebeskind’s Jewish Museum in Berlin and the present work, Alvar Aalto's Students' Foyer. These maps are intended to be attached to the surface of a wall, similar to ancient murals found in the interiors of the aforementioned structures; the brown pigment used in this piece alludes to the physical presence of the structure. White neon framing of each work exalts the artist’s surface plane producing an ethereal impression which iconises and further highlights the importance assigned to Modernist architecture.