An interview with
Tamer Ertuna Hello Tamer, and a warm welcome to ARTiculAction. I would start this interview with my usual introductory question: what in your opinion defines a work of Art? By the way, what could be in your opinion the features that mark an artworks as a piece of Contemporary Art?
Then let me begin with something traditional. An artwork is a personal thing. It bears the creative stamps of its maker. It is original, persistent, universal, and aesthetical. There are three elements that compose an artwork. The artist, the artwork, and the individuals who understand and appreciate the artwork. Accordingly, art, artist, and the work of art are versatile concepts which can change according to the individuals and perspectives. A contemporary artwork, however, bears an environmental and public consciousness without the influence of any movement or genre. But I believe that every bird’s nest is also a work of art. All the trees, rocks, etc. which have been shaped by the wind, rain, and waves are a work of art. I cannot accept the fact that mankind’s caring only about itself.
Would you like to tell us something about your background? Are there any particular experiences that have particularly impacted on the way you currently produce your artworks? By the way, since you are basically self-taught, I would take this occasion to ask your point about formal training... I sometimes happen to wonder if a certain kind of training could influence too much a young artist's creativity...
Since childhood, I kept up with bands like King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, and Marillion. Their novelties excited me. Despite the deep love I had for music, not being able to make it was a handicap for me. Perhaps I was out of luck, I couldn’t find the sufficient settting to make music. However, I do not know what can happen from now on, and why shouldn’t I be a musician as a painter and poet? Joking aside, attending the concerts I want is enough for me to lead a happy life.
I did not receive an art education, I’ve been through a long and unhappy period as an accountant. I was interested in various branches of art. However, the education system in Turkey had driven me to acquire a profession which I did not want.
The fact that I never received any education on art and especially painting surprises almost everyone I meet. To tell the truth I am not surprised at all. Because the tendency to revolt against the existing 86
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