Turkish Artist Volkan Diyaroglu - artmarketblog.com You may have read one of my previous posts praising the work of Turkish born artist Volkan Diyaroglu who has recently been included in the Saatchi Gallery top ten for the third time
News-Antique.com - Jun 01,2008 - Turkish Artist Volkan Diyaroglu - artmarketblog.com
You may have read one of my previous posts praising the work of Turkish born artist Volkan Diyaroglu who has recently been included in the Saatchi Gallery top ten for the third time and also won the XXXV BANCAJA PAINTING, SCULPTURE AND DIGITAL ART PRIZE!!. Being of Turkish decent means that there is very little information in English about Volkan and his work so when Volkan provided me with an interview that he did with the art critic and director of the Spanish experimental project space La Sala Naranja, I was compelled to share it with as many people as I could. Because Volkan is such a humble person he does not do much in the way of self promotion so I am glad that I have the opportunity to do some promotion for him. The interview is rather long but it is an extremely insightful and interesting discussion that really shows how passionate Volkan is about his work and how much effort, emotion and energy he puts into his work. Before you read the interview you might like to check out some of Volkans work here:
If you are interested in Volkan and his work you can contact him by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Toni Calderón. What role does painting have in an art world dominated by digital technologies?
Volkan Diyaroglu. In the first place, we have to look at ourselves and ask what role do the new digital technologies have in our lives and question what role we ourselves play. Do we have control over our lives? I would answer no. In no aspect of our life do we exercise the control that we should, and what’s more, at present digital technology dominates us rather than we dominating it. We’re under a dictatorial power and unable to decide the rhythm of our lives, which in a certain sense is absurd.
I would say that we are swept along in a wild, swirling river where each individual is looking for his place, complicated by swimming against the current. I believe that this structure destroys artistic creation from the start. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t accept new developments; on the contrary, we have to accept it with a wide understanding and ability to see what things have in common and what their differences are. No just looking at surface appearances, but digging a bit deeper.
For me, painting is just painting, no more no less, like poetry - it’s that simple. Asking questions is fine, but one also has to be able not to understand and to continue asking. And if I have to talk about the use of the new digital technologies in art, millions of questions are raised in my mind. Why does something painted in a computer with a 3d programme and then printed on a clean and shiny surface, or a photograph have to be any different than a painting? Or why is a painting