Zeren Badar is a self-taught conceptual artist currently living in NYC. He is originally from Turkey. His works have been exhibited internationally including at Aperture Foundation New York; The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO; Aljira Center of Contemporary Art NJ. He enjoys long walks all around Manhattan and takes long breaks at art shows.
The images you are seeing are from Accident Series.
I’m hugely influenced by Dada. In this project I explore a peculiar combination of photography, painting & collage. I create three dimensional collages with found objects, food and cheaply printed old paintings. I turn pre-existing works of art into Duchampian ready mades and take photographs of them. I use strong shadows, layering, crumpling and folding effects to give a three dimensional sense in the final work. I reduce the details and forms of painting by covering objects, food. In many ways, I examine new types of still life.
I really love promoting my work with social media when I start working on new project. I immediately post my artworks on social media. Comments and likes help me to improve and change my work. Some artists are so against to social media and especially posting final work online. I’m not like that. Social media is like having an open studio for me. It is a great tool to reach people who doesn’t live in NY.
I always work on multiple projects. Accident Series is an ongoing project. I’m currently working on a project called Adorable Monsters. I mixed magazine images with painted collage pieces. I create Picasso like portraits. They are temporary collages. The final work is then photographed.
My medium has been photography, but I’m evolving towards painting. So far humor has been a big part of my style. But because of the result of latest election, I changed my subject from humor to social issues. I was very upset about the result. I’m very intuitive. I just want to do something about the current landscape of social issues.
I’m self-taught artist. I started creating and showing work in mid 2013. My father had died long before then. He has never seen my work unfortunately. My mom who just recently has passed away saw my work online. I did a project using her very old pictures which is called Mom Series. I changed the picture based on her habits. She was intrigued. But she has never been an art person.
It is painful when I get creative blocks. It happens. I go to art galleries. It is very calming to see what other artists do. I’m lucky to live in Manhattan. Art is everywhere. I also love spending time in museums. It is therapeutic.