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Art is among many things, a form of expression, and one can argue that expression is its most prevalent purpose. As such it feeds from the thoughts and feelings of its maker, as much as those of the viewer. An artwork, at the moment of exposure to the viewer, starts fulfilling its purpose. Whether the intention is to awe, to humor or to frighten is secondary to its ability to convey that message. Even a secret artwork you make and bury has at least an audience of one.
Underlining that art is a form of expression gives art history a whole new dimension. Art History is and integral part of the genealogy of the evolution of the collective consciousness and, a foundation stone of the collective expression. Throughout history people have encountered and solved countless artistic puzzles in order to get their messages across. Sometimes the message was that there was no real message to begin with. Whatever the message may be it struggled in its deliverance.
There were countless puzzles and artistic riddles to be solved. Sometimes it was personal difficulties like Monet’s eyesight, or Van Gogh’s clouded mind, other times it was political, and often technical and every piece of work has its own struggle. With centuries of riddles and solutions under its wings Art history is a mentor and a resource at the same time for all artists, and the choice to use this is left to the individual.
Contemporary art has often seen value in neglecting what art history teaches and head straight into struggling with ideas and concepts rather than the delivery. A brutish method that was once original is now slowly building a bubble of clumsy art backing half-witted ideas with poor delivery.
Today art is a sport done to appease the collectors who want to make a quick buck. As such we get a lot of rapidly produced mediocrity that is enveloped under a theme and mass-produced to be sold in bulk. Artists are trapped in a “theme” or a “technique” till death do them part.
There is no mastery in most art today, because of this insistence on avoiding what the art history teaches. What is to be expected from artists who have never studied how to paint landscapes like Turner, portraits like Leonardo, Waves like Aivazovsky, colors like Van Gogh, abstractions like Picasso? True mastery lies on learning what these artists have echoed into out collective consciousness. Only then is there any value in rejecting what they had to say.
On this past I consider myself a student, for it will be the judgment of the viewer to deliver you the acknowledgement of mastery. But I am here to learn as the masters did, a vast and wide range of techniques and topics. Through this journey I want to leave a mark my own on top of it all.
I was born on 17/March 1985 in Ankara Turkey. Despite having Grown up mostly in Turkey, I opted to travel to the United States in 2004. In 2009 I finished my undergraduate education as a Visual Communication Designer in Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio. Later same year I founded Lodos Design Studio which continues to this day.
In Turkey I became partners with various firms that my family is affiliated with and various other start-ups. I finished my MBA in TOBB university and I continue to work as a Design Editor and as a Senior Board member for my firms.
I have started painting on January 2014.