OSilas Gallery at Concordia College is pleased to announce the opening of DEPARTING SKIES: Serdar Arat, 1987-2017 on March 22 at 7pm. “Authority and mysticism” are the dual sensibilities underlying Arat’s work, which he describes as the essence of his Turkish roots.
Coming of age in Istanbul in the 1970’s, living and working in New York since 1980, and exhibiting his work mainly in New York City and Istanbul, Arat has been exploring – in his words, “distilling” – both the political upheavals, and the highly personal narratives of this time. In fact, in Arat’s work, the consequences of political and personal experiences are inseparable, and the life of mind merges with that of the spirit.
Dominick Lombardi, New York Times art critic, said of a previous Arat exhibition: “Mr. Arat’s forte is his ability to create multi-dimensional representations of a subject. His understanding of color, his employment of shaped painting surface, his use of textured acrylic paint, and his ability to tap his subconscious, makes this show one of the best so far of this season.” Read more
Several threads of Serdar Arat’s work come together in this exhibition. The earliest work in the exhibition from 1987 features an actual metal vent attached to a black and white lithograph, begins the exploration of the next thirty years: reality always teetering in between two and three dimensions, incorporating actual depth alongside its illusion, both teasing and contradicting our perception of depth. View
The latest piece in the exhibition is Arat’s first fully three dimensional work: a 26 foot-long sculptural landscape installation, strewn with over a hundred forms and fragments, in mixed media including bronze, copper and ceramic. A lifetime’s discipline of subdued three dimensionality, gives way to an explosion of sculptural forms, coming straight out of the metaphorical imagery of the paintings and works on paper. View
Departing Skies Exhibition Details
Free & Open to the Public
Dates: March 22 (Opening Reception at 7pm) – April 21
Gallery Hours: Tues/Wed/Fri noon-5pm, Thurs noon-7pm and Sat/Sun 2-5pm
Location : OSilas Gallery, Concordia College | Donald A. Krenz Academic Center, 2nd Level of Scheele Memorial Library
171 White Plains Road | Bronxville, NY | Free Parking
Please contact Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at [email protected] to make arrangements to have your group view Departing Skies outside of regular Gallery hours.
All exhibitions at OSilas Gallery are free and open to the public. Please visit osilasgallery.org for more information about exhibitions, special events and programs.