An Artist Who Paints Like Himself: Serdar Acar

What comes to your mind when you look at Serdar Acar’s paintings? Initiating within this point of view, we had a very sincere conversation with the artist on why and how he produces his artworks; We focused on his artistic process, his intention to depict ideal places as subjects to his paintings and his search for different techniques.

Serdar Acar has recently participated art50.net. He had his BA degree from Painting Department of Marmara University and is currently a MA student at Mimar Sinan University at the Faculty of Art and Design. He has participated in many group shows as well as various solo exhibitions.

Hi Serdar, we welcome you again at art50.net. I would like to start over with your paintings to get to know you better. Regardless of the subjects and the written texts about your paintings, visually, when I look at them some concepts such as silence, timelessness, calmness, and order come to my mind. How would you define yourself? As an artist, do you have a similarity with your paintings?

In the two series of my works I have created until now, I have produced artworks that based on my own experiences, practices, and emotions. The first series of Equivalents was an expression of my three-year process while the second series Silence can be considered as the end of the first process and the result of these two phases is based on my own state and I ask the audience to position themselves in there. In other words, I can say that more than just an analogy, I am all the things I do.

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Would it be possible to say that; during your art creation process, you nourish yourself from various resources that you mention and in the end, you create a new language by identifying your own experiences within these sources? Could you please explain your art production process?

Definitely yes, we can say that. My process of art-making initiates when I wake up to a new day. What is more prominent in my agenda than any other thing turns into the subjects of my works, and more importantly, I work on it every day until it occurs/appears. Each time I produce, I try to get ahead of the previous one. Art production is a form of expression for me, I am a person who needs to express myself and to be understood intensely, so I think I produce nonstop 🙂

You have mentioned that you consider art as a way to interpret life, could you explain this notion? At the same time, how does the concept of ‘ideal’ exists or is proposed in your paintings? What is your ideal?

Yes, art is an interpretation and an expression for me. Some can do it by using a language or a discourse, while others can do it by writing, by shooting a video or by labor, or by craft. I’m trying to do it in my own way. The ideal for me is what I do not have, what I do not own. We can interpret it in any way, it is an eternal quest.

The color palette in your paintings is usually monochrome and neutral, does this have any relationship with the ‘ideal’ place that you are searching to create? Why do you prefer color abstraction?

The main reason for my use of neutral colors is that I am exactly the work itself and I am looking for reflecting myself. I do not have a colorful personality, but, neutral colors help to depict the sense that I try to reach and they also help to prevent the semantic displacement on the subject of the work. Because otherwise within a colorful palette, colors can easily take us from one emotion to another, or to a very irrelevant place.

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Your paintings entitled as ‘Equivalent’ and ‘Silence’ are depicted in series. Is there a specific reason to work in series?

Yes, I like to and I prefer to produce my works in series. Because this idea corresponds with my approach through art. As I mentioned before, when a certain subject from life comes into prominence, it triggers me and the works emerge around this subject and a series emerge automatically.

As a recently participated artist on art50.net, what are your thoughts about the presence of your works on an online art platform? And what are your expectations?

When we first met in person, I came along with a very positive identity. I believe, the innovative part of art50.net is to offer a new way of exhibiting and marketing art platform. And this is something Turkey’s art market needed to. I am not quite sure about my expectations but in person, I give importance to my relationship with everyone, I always feel myself responsible to the opposite side and try to do my best that I can. I think I would say it is to reach the best we can.

Your acrylic and watercolor paintings are exhibiting on art50.net. When we look at your recent works, technically we see different approaches. Can you explain your change of technique? Do you know where the new plaster sculptures and new collages you just began are heading?

I had two solo exhibitions this year and it was a beautiful but tiring pace. When I thought I should take some rest afterward, the21st-century series, which I had initiated before re-emerged and I found myself working on it. In terms of technique, I do not limit myself, I try to choose my technique according to what I want to create and by considering the feeling I want to give through my works. For example, while the watercolor technique has a naive, fragile and transparent quality, acrylic is convenient to work on the surface and dries quickly 🙂 and regarding this, I try to produce at a speed that corresponds to the flow of emotions, and my work has been decisive in my choices. Now I am working on plasters and collages, but I have used these techniques before, and when necessary, I can also do a kinetic work or bio-art or marble sculptures. So I determine the technique completely according to the needs of the work and its emotion.

 

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