Dimensional Presence: Serdar Arat
Art and Design
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
This catalog was produced on the occasion of the exhibition "Dimensional Presence: Serdar Arat" presented in The Clara M. Eagle Gallery from November 15, 2018 to February 7, 2019.
Serdar Arat is an artist from Istanbul, Turkey who has been living and working in New York since 1980. He received his M.F.A. in Painting at the State University of New York in Albany in 1984. His first solo exhibition was held in New York in 1986. Since then, he has presented many national and international solo- exhibitions and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in various cities across the US and abroad.
Arat’s passion for creating is present in his conversations and this sentiment surrounds the viewer as they investigate each work on view in the gallery. Serdar Arat conceives each piece of art separately and states that “individual pieces that pose similar challenges ultimately produce a series of works. I tend to work on several of these series simultaneously and sometimes over decades.” In his dynamic sculptural work, Fallen, a twenty- six-foot-long meandering sculptural installation on a raised platform, Arat has presented “a landscape strewn with over a hundred forms and fragments, in mixed media including cast bronze, copper, and ceramic. A life-time’s insistence on subdued and suggested three dimensionality in painting is thrown wide open in this piece with the explosion of sculptural forms coming straight out of the metaphorical imagery of my earlier paintings and works on paper. These are the same vents, sirens, tubes, wings, bones, and other fragments. Part organic and part mechanical, all fallen and abandoned, their prophecies and warnings ignored, innocence and idealism shattered, and grace and hope... barely recovered through the process of art.”
Martin, T. Michael, "Dimensional Presence: Serdar Arat" (2020). Faculty & Staff Research and Creative Activity. 154.
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