Zeren Badar // Fill the Blanks

“The past is not dead.  It’s not even past.”—William Faulkner
I was a flamboyant kid while I was growing up. Maybe I still am … .
I got bullied a lot.  I didn’t even know what bullying meant.  I assumed it was the way it was supposed to be… .  I thought I was weird and this was going to be rest of my life.
To lessen the burden, I was obsessed with comics.  I would read superman, phantom, wonder woman and watch the Flintstones, and Jetsons for hours and hours.  I loved them!!!!  They were my family. They would never bully or judge me.  But after I grew up,  I forgot about all these characters!
Years after, I moved to USA, and I went to a 2nd language school to learn English. The most fun homework was “Fill the Blanks” for me.
For this project, I mash my child memories and “Fill the blanks”.
I remove the details of comics and re-arrange them in very abstract ways just like they are in my memories. There is extreme ambiguity in this project.  Nothing is settled.  Pieces are hanging in the air. They are not grounded. Images create hallucinatory feelings.  By removing the details of the comics, our brains will fill the blanks and challenge our deep memories.
This project helps me to come to terms with my difficult childhood and past.  In a strange way, the images are therapeutic still lives. (artist statement)

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Zeren Badar is a New York-based photographer who is “obsessed with art” and heavily influenced by dadaism and neo-dadaism. In Accident Series, he explains, “I use strong shadows, layering, crumpling, and folding effects to give a three dimensional sense in the final work…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 type of still life.”

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Zeren Badar is a Turkey-born, NYC-based fine arts, self-taught photographer, who moved from Turkey in 2001. He chose photography as his main art form in 2010.

Badar created a simple but very entertaining series of works entitled Accident Series. In this photography project, he puts together unlikely combinations to generate a 3D feel with found objects, food and cheap old paintings to generate a completely new type of image. Turning pre-existing works of art that initially evoke viewers memory, Badar then uses strong shadows, layering, crumpling and folding effects to give a 3D sense in the final work.


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“Jenny”–from the series of “My Friends”

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“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.” –Paul Klee

In the art world, there is a clique that believes identity relates to race, sexual orientation etc.
Is it mind-set? What else defines identity? Is identity paradox?  
I decided to pick a different approach.

In this project, I examine the relationship between identity and flowers.
Flowers serve as symbol for mind and spirit revealing one’s identity in this imperfect world.
I ask friends to bring flowers of their choice. I promise them to create still life.

Neither I have influence on their choice of flower nor they have influence on the still life.
I want to see and document how people’s flower choices show their identity.
Each photograph is titled as the person who brought the flowers.
These images are highly conceptual portraits of my friends.

Asking them to reveal their identity in a very unusual way seemed presumptuous.
I decided to give them one edition of their photographs.
Giving back one print is the most conceptual element of this project.
By gifting one photograph, I initially borrow the flowers and
I return their flowers in a totally different form.
At the end, flowers die, but friendship becomes eternal with photographs.