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Zeren Badar

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Zeren Badar is a self-taught conceptual photographer who lives currently in NYC.
He is originally from Turkey. He is obsessed with art.
He enjoys long walks all around Manhattan and take long breaks at art shows.

ARTIST STATEMENT
“Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it"-Jasper Johns
I'm hugely influenced by dadaism and neo-dadaism.
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 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 type of still life.

CV
UPCOMING SHOWS
-- Open group show at The Center for Fine Art
Photography, Fort Collins, CO-- December 2014
-- "Small Works" group show at Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
-- Summer Open Group Show at APERTURE FOUNDATION 2014
-- Nurture Art Benefit Exhibition 2014
--"Taste Makers" group show at (wo)manorial 2014
-- Year in Review 2013 group show at See Me Gallery 2014
-- HOME TOWN group show at Feature Shoot 2013
-- Group Show at See Me Galley at Scoop Miami 2013

AWARDS
-- Director's Honorable Mention at Open exhibition at The Center for Fine Art
Photography, Fort collins CO--2014
-- Finalist at Year in Review--2013

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
-- Acruator 2014
-- Design Taxi 2013
-- Inprint Magazine, issue 16, 2014
-- Saatchi Gallery blog 2014
-- Wired, Itally 2014
-- Hashtag Magazine, Issue 10, 2014
-- Dangerous Minds 2013
-- Beautiful Decay 2013
-- SFMOMA website 2013, 2014

BOOKS
-- Contemporary Portraits 2014
-- Share 2014

INTERVIEWS
--- El Mundo 2014
--- Lifo Gr 2014
--- Sixty 2014
--- Oxford, 2014
--- Rad Magazine 2014

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