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Serdar Arat

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Serdar Arat

GÜNCEL #15, Galeri Nev İstanbul, August 24, 2020

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Serdar Arat

GÜNCEL # 9, Galeri Nev İstanbul, July 6, 2020

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GÜNCEL # 4, Galeri Nev İstanbul, June 1, 2020

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Serdar Arat

Original publication blog, October 7, 2017

DRAWING is the closest we ever get to the immediacy of a thought in Art. Before it is “real”ised, a thought is a flash of imagination. It is inspiring, exciting, and motivating precisely because it is incomplete-un”real”ised. Some drawings may reflect the process of development of an initial thought into an idea for a complex artwork. All good drawings though, carry the freshest traces of an inspiring thought and the original flash of imagination.

S. Arat, 2003

VACATION AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS, For The New York Times article edited by William Zimmer, June 3, 2001:

In the world of work, family, and friends a vacation means a time-off, rest, and perhaps recuperation. In my world of surviving and hopefully succeeding as an artist while holding a job, and maintaining relations with family and friends, a vacation has a completely different meaning. It usually means all of the following at the very same time:

“Finally I have a chunk of unbroken time to work in my studio, but I really need some rest if I plan to return to my teaching job.”

“It is absolutely blissful to wake up and head directly to my studio, but I hardly spend any time with my family.”

“My wife wants me to join her on a trip to Bilbao. We can stay with our friends there and I can actually see the Guggenheim miracle in person. But, my art work has just taken a new turn and even thinking about it makes my heart beat faster.”

These conflicting feelings are almost always resolved in the same way: I head to my studio gradually shedding the guilt and regrets, find boundless energy when I think I had none left, work an eight-hour day, and leave the studio in a state of high that comes from no other substance or experience, thirsty for more.

S. Arat, 2001

AUTHORITY: At times, I can't help but perceive time as irreversible and continuous loss, and history as authority over human dignity. Especially subtle forms of authority which may have a less alarming but more permanent and possibly more devastating impact than that of open repression. Consequently, my work is motivated by a strong sense of urgency and is anchored in highly personal experiences.

S. Arat, 1991

PUBLIC ART: When the innocence of idealism along with common allegories and myths went out of our lives, the basic reason for monumental -public- art was also lost. I try to recapture it by “monumentalizing” my most personal experiences of doubt, loss, anxiety… Here, the recurrent format of arches play a double role: on one level they are “monumental” openings (public), on another they are highly private chambers of contemplation (personal).

S. Arat, 1986