Name: Zeren Badar
Birthday: June 25th 1970
College: Aegean University, Izmir, Turkey
How would you define yourself as an artist? I’m self-taught artist. I try to figure out my artist -identity as I go along.
Why art? How did you get involved with art? Because I have unstoppable urge to create art. It is a gift and also a curse.
What art do you most identify with? Dada & Neo-dada
What does “being creative” mean to you? Being creative is painful but rewarding
What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative? Work everyday and be savvy with social media
What are you trying to communicate with your art? I try to make viewers smile and think. I want them to see my humor and the way I’m thinking
What do you see as the strengths of your pieces, visually or conceptually? They are very rich and layered. They refer art history. They are visually beautiful and conceptually strong.
What themes do you pursue? I work on multiple themes. I create what ever I want. I don’t like confined myself
What inspires you to work? Each day is another battle in the studio. Just being able to create something inspires me
Book: Seven days in the art world
Movie: Legally Blond
Quote: “Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it”-Jasper Johns
Can we talk a bit about your process at the beginning of a project? How do you conceive of it? How do you build it in your mind before you start? I’m very intuitive. The idea comes to me anywhere. I take notes as soon as I get an idea. It can take months to execute the idea because I’m very easily distracted. I also do a lot of brainstorming. I write everything I think about
What Role does the artist have in society? I believe artist educates the society. Artist has responsibility to be a good role model to the society
Do you suffer for your art? Being artist requires hard work and very little money.The begging was hard but recently I enjoy it creatively and financially.
What do you think about the art community and market? I don’t follow art market. I do my own thing. I’m true outsider. I have some artist friends not much. I prefer to stay outside
Should art be funded? Why? Absolutely! Every artist is poor till they established their practices. They need funds to become established. Art must be funded otherwise it is not possible to have all these amazing artists.
What famous artists have influenced you, and how? Robert Rauschenberg influenced me deeply. His assemblages are my main inspiration.
What other interests do you have outside of art? I really like cooking. It calms me down
You seem to be very aware of the history of works. Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art performances today? I surf online a lot. I’m lucky because I live in NYC currently. I go a lot of art galleries and museums..
How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art? I’d rather die!!
some short questions now…
Colours: Yellow, red
Describe your style: “Define yourself”… I manipulate existing artworks and old paintings. I make them modern
Define your art: Unexpected, surprising & fun
Art Fairs: Volta NY, Frieze
Museums: MOMA & Whitney
Travels: Rio, Tulum, Istanbul and many more!
Artists: Carlo D’Anselmi, Alex Yudzon, Alex Barry & Blond Jenny
Music: Edith Piaf
Mobile App: Instagram & Tumblr
Who are the artist’s you admire the most? Jasper Johns, Kurt Schwittzer, Andy Warhol
What are your next projects? I’m working on solo show in September
Define Klassik Magazine for the audience? Awesome Art Gallery and stunning selection of artists, extremly accurate work!