ARTIST STATEMENT 

As water continually changes phase within our atmosphere, it reflects the metamorphosis and regeneration process that keeps organic life in a harmonic balance with all other forms of creation.  Through my artistic process, I explore the limitless creative potential of water as a source through which pigments and heat can combine to create complex geometric patterns, fractal-like detail, and stunning abstractions.

 

This exploration has led me to explore a new technique that draws upon traditional Turkish paper marbling. My interest in paper marbling started in my early childhood thanks to my father, Sedat Altinoz, who is a 5th generation paper marbling artist at Mustafa Duzgunman Ecole in Turkey. His insights on paper marbling helped me gain a better appreciation for the art. Since my childhood, I have been practicing the traditional way of paper marbling with a modern approach. Until recently I used natural earth-based pigments and natural solutions almost exclusively.  Upon moving to New York, I began experimenting with materials such as acrylic and enamel paints, chemical solvents and fire. This new approach has resulted in a wider variety of effects and compositions. 

 

I am highly motivated to use my artistic practice as a vehicle for both personal and collective transmutation, purification, and catharsis.  The archetypal forms that emerge in my artworks are a reflection of my perspective of the infinite well of human potential. Similar to how water serves a source for all organic life, I believe that art also serves as a wellspring for shared healing, growth, and sustained connection. I have also begun adding figurative elements in order to weave engaging narratives into my abstract paintings. I incorporate symbols and imagery from timeless mythologies which are capable of resonating with a contemporary audience. I am currently pushing my process further by experimenting with light effects and multimedia installations.

EDUCATION

Lifelong student of traditional paper marbling under the tutelage of Sedat Altinoz, a 5th generation paper marbling artist at Mustafa Duzgunman Ecole in Turkey.

Bachelor’s of Arts in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations from Dokuz Eylul University, 2011

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

Rhodes to Sacrifice, Salomon Arts Gallery, New York, New York, 2018

Organic Emergence, Queens Botanical Garden,  Queens, New York, 2018

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Holiday House Design Show,  Academy Mansion New York, New York, 2015

 

Magick Show,  Galerie Protege, New York, New York, 2015

Coddly // Demure, The Hollows Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, 2015

Brooklyn Collage Collective First Winter Sale Show, Living Gallery, Brooklyn New York, 2014

Works on Paper III,  Jeffrey Leder Gallery,  Long Island City, New York, 2014

Systematic Paradox, VCFA Gallery College Hall at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Vermont, 2014

No Object, Trestle Projects, Brooklyn New York, 2013

Collorgy, curated by Brooklyn Collage Collective, Bushwick Open Studios 2013, Brooklyn, New York

SELECTED ART FAIRS

ArtExpo 2015, represented by The Hollows Gallery,  Pier 94, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan NYC, 2015

COLLECTIONS

Related Companies - Long Island City, New York

Queens Botanical Garden - Queens, New York 

Ege University Paper and Book Arts Museum- Izmir, Turkey

PRESS

Gazete Ege

Arte Fuse Magazine - Magick Show 

TourMag Magazine,  May 2015

Bushwick Daily

Puhu Dergi Art Magazine

Arte Fuse Magazine- No Object 

Life Styled Magazine

Quiet Lunch