Brief Review ‣ Creator(s): Zeren Badar. Nationality: Turkish-American. Base: New York, New York, United States. Main skill(s): conceptual photography; contemporary art; fine art photography. ★ Work/project title: Accident Series. Main thematic(s) and/or subject(s) in this/these work(s): an exploration of a peculiar combination of photography, painting and collage. Main style(s) and/or art reference(s) applied: Dadaism, Neo-Dadaism, Pop Art, Surrealism. Main medium(s): digital photography; everyday objects; mixed media. ★ More info: Website Facebook Instagram Tumblr
“Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it” – Jasper Johns. I’m hugely influenced by dada and neo-dada. In this photography 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 a painting by covering objects, food. Copies of old masters’ paintings initially evoke viewers’ memory. By using unexpected juxtapositions of objects, I try to create ambiguity and pull viewers’ attention deeper to my photographs. In many ways, I examine new types of still life.