Interview: S. Bülent Sancar

 Interview: S. Bülent SancarImage courtesy of S. Bülent Sancar

Interview: S. Bülent Sancar

Luca Curci talks with S. Bülent Sancar during the event CONTEMPORARY VENICE – ITSLIQUID International Art Show at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space in Venice.

S. Bülent Sancar was born in 1973 in Istanbul. Graduated from Marmara Faculty of Fine arts/Ceramic and Glass division with a degree as the 3rd honorary student which he started in 1996. In 2000 his art pieces were exhibited at an exhibition where under 30 years old young ceramic artists displayed their works of art. He displayed his creations inspired from his love of Sea during his school years; in 2004 with 43 other ceramic artists. The exhibition was named “We Kiln the Sea” and for the first time in the world; it was presented under the water. In 2005 his ceramic sculpture “Octopus” from his collection is chosen as a cover photograph for the Dutch magazine “Keramiek” published monthly. He was the first Turkish artist ever accomplishing this success. “Angel Fish” ceramic artwork which he created for the same collection is chosen among many pieces to be gifted to Mr Rahmi Koc on his way back from sailing around the world with his sailboat Nazenin.  The most appreciated “We Kiln the Sea” collection received an invitation from Germany and together with his colleagues; his art pieces were exhibited in Berlin for the European art lovers. He joined Ceracarnassos united ceramic exhibition in 2005. Until 2012 he worked as a design and brand manager in Kale company. In 2014 he is invited to Manisa METYX Composites firm and and got acquainted with a new material Composite. This different material he never worked with before; inspired him in a new way as he was willing and searching to create pieces in big dimensions. He started visualizing a collection from the sketches he has been working on for a couple of years. He got excited over an image he saw at a documentary about the lost continent Atlantis during this time. The lost island Atlantis described to be in the middle of the Aegean sea and got lost with gigantic tsunami waves. The lost land and the sketches he drew were so close in shapes; creating a strong connection in him. He decided to move to Manisa to finish the rest of his collection. “Thera” as the first sculpture of ATLANTIS theme collection is created with these circumstances and received an invitation from Venice and is on exhibit.

 

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Luca Curci – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the event or as a part of preexisting works?

S. Bülent Sancar – First of all I would like to thank you very much. My sculptures THERA and LAVA which are in exhibit in Venice right now are pieces from my Atlantis collection which I have been working on for the the last 3 years.

L.C. – Please tell me what are you working at right now..

S.B.S. – I am working on my last sculpture “il latore di luce” as the last piece in my Atlantis collection right now.

 

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L.C. – What is art for you?

S.B.S. – Everyone has their way of expressing themselves in life and my way is with Art.

L.C. – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?

S.B.S. – I am a graduate of Faculty of Fine Arts;Ceramic and Glass department.I am creating my art pieces with the inspiration I get from Sea as my biggest passion. The first exhibition I attended has been to Ceramic statues collection; organized under the water ;for the first time in the world.

 

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L.C. – What role does the artist have in society? And the art?

S.B.S. – Imagine..you are in a white colored room but you dont know the color white yet. How would you describe the white color? You would need another color to describe white.We can describe ourselves by looking at the other colors of life. The artist is the most colorful character in the society and he creates art to remind people of who they are.

L.C. – What is your creative process like?

S.B.S. – My favourite motto is “Follow your dreams ; they know the way”. I start by dreaming and sometimes; I draw them and sometimes there is no drawing at all and I start sculpturing directly. Everything else is technical issues after that. If my dreams are reflected at what I create and satisfy me then my sculpture is finished and I am ready for the new dreams.

 

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L.C. – What do you think about ITS LIQUID Platform?

S.B.S. – Italy is a country of Art and where performing and exhibiting art is so popular. All the artists in the world have a dream about exhibiting their artwork here and especially in Venice. Through Its Liquid Platform I had my dream come true here in Italy. I express my special thanks to them and Mr Luca Curci and his team for giving me this opportunity.

L.C. – What do you think about our organization of the event?

S.B.S. – The location of the exhibit was superb as it was few minutes away from the famous San Marco square. The organization was very succesful with before and after notifications and feedbacks over the social media. Following a very warm welcome;the opening and the exhibit atmosphere brought international artists together in the Room gallery where very hospitable hosts made us feel at home.

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