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
politicians, and we have to be careful in all of this, because the danger isnít in that the paintings may be decorative, but that the ideas are decorative. All that we perceive to be new today I believe is just a new way to decorate. Even with current trends, where itís hung it very important, maybe even more so than the work itself. And now thereís enough biennales and contemporary art museums that I consider very decorative, no less so than galleries, and the most worrying thing is that even ideas tend to be decorative.
Iíve never seen a poorly decorated museum. A painting is a work in itself; itís the same to me where itís hung, and itís an object, but an object to me isnít just an object. The art critics and artists can think what they want to. For me, communication is chaos that we like to create and nobody understands this very well. The world outside myself will never understand exactly what I want to say or do. Not even I understand it very well.
My work seems new to them, and they accept it Ė well, to me itís not something new Ė I say new but everyone can also be wrong as weíve seen many times in history. I donít believe that today the galleries are backing painting, quite the contrary, and as far as art fairs go, Iíd rather not talk about them as all is said in its name - they are fairs and, for me, distant from the natural world and time. The fairs are fairs, just as there are car fairs and technology fairs and which are backed by an incredible business structure, but one that doesnít interest me in the least. People talk about this a lot, I donít know why. A fair has its moment, a lot of money is paid to exhibit works in it, and thatís important for the gallery and the artist, more important than the work itself. After all the expenses, they want to sell no matter what, and I donít know why they talk about it so much. I think that in Spain , itís talked about even more than in other places. So now I want to ask some questions. Isnít there something strange in all this? Donít you think that they want painting to surrender to an art form that is direct, political and made to their taste? Donít you think that painting is a form too individual and complicated to create in such a mechanized world? In a world so controlled economically and psychologically, do they want us to read less, or read more but about trivial matters? And lastly, do you think that there is something that is going well in the world we live in? I believe that art is a reflection of all of this.
T.C. Going on to another theme, Volkan, and looking at your work, which are the important points to your painting so that