Serdar Acar was born in 1992 in Istanbul. He graduated from Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts Department of Painting in 3rd ranking and as a graduation project valedictorian, where he studied from 2012 to 2016. Since 2017, he has been continuing his Master’s studies at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Department of Art and Design.
In his “Equivalent” series, Serkan Acar uses the image of the “cypress” as a symbol for the “ideal”, and refers to it as “the very person I encounter in my mind”. Nearly in all cultures, the cypress represents strength and life with its ability to stay green throughout all seasons, whereas in several belief systems it symbolizes the guardian of god’s subject and of death. This tree reflects a deep paradox as it both represents immortality with its constantly green nature and symbolizes death.
The artist who experiments with form and color generally excludes the cypress’ trunks from his compositions, and as he has focused on the potential reasons for his choice, he has noticed that a cypress with no trunk carried a wider range of meanings. This form could refer to a drop, to a phallic symbol, to power or to several other psychological meanings yet to be discovered. In other words, Acar realized that he was able to enrich the content and the meaning by reducing the image and he has been using this approach in the majority of his works ever since.
The places seen in nearly all of his works, on the other hand, represent the idea of the body as home, like explained by Freud in his Dream Interpretations. Looking at Freud’s concepts of the “conscious, preconscious and unconscious” and his definition of the “id, superego and ego” in his Topographical Model of the Mind, we are able to see that he actually uses the basic architectural elements of the horizontal and the vertical as well as the interior and the exterior in terms of meaning. While creating the places in his works, the artist evidently kept this in mind. Moreover, the fact that his works always intertwine indoor and outdoor spaces can be explained with Freud’s concept of the uncanny from his article ’Das Unheimliche’’. While the interior space is familiar and safe, the exterior constantly approaches the anxious status inherent in the uncanny. Just like the constance of time’s flow and repetitions.