For those who don’t know you: Who is Osman Ergin?
I was born in 1994, in Antalya. Ever since I was little, I had an interest in drawing and a talent that was applauded by those around me. My academic life developed and progressed in line with this. Then, I continued my education in Istanbul, at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, in the Painting department. The university I was in allowed me to come a long way in my field. On the one hand, as I continued my education in painting, I also started to become interested in tattoo art.
As I developed myself technically in this field, I had the opportunity to apply and reproduce my original paintings that I had already produced in this medium. For me, it was an exciting new technique, a different material and an enjoyable production process. It still continues to be.
Can you tell us about the process of making your work?
For me, the work starts with the intense emotions I experience in the “moment” and the chaos of thoughts that this intensity creates. If we think that chaos represents the tangled, dissonant situation devoid of form that the universe was in before it came into order, my works are shaped and created in this process of production, like the formation of the universe.
When I enter this process, my only aim is to be able to express my feelings and thoughts clearly in that single moment. I decide on the material to be used for this purpose, construct the most effective composition with the help of visual references, and make the contrasts striking with colors.
What do you think about the union of technology and art in our time?
Dozens of occupations and jobs in the world have now become easier to perform by using machines, devices or robots, brought about by technology. People and machines now move together, think together and make decisions together. This intensive association mechanizes people and humanizes machines.
This image, in which the living and the inanimate are intertwined, creates a different world reference for the artist, and adds a different breath to his works. The color, the texture and the taste of the art change with the developing technology. In my opinion, the ever-evolving technology will continue to offer completely different references to art and artists in the future and to open different doors.
“For me, the work starts with the intense emotions I experience in the “moment” and the chaos of thoughts that this intensity creates. “
What do you think is in the future of art/artist?
To me, it’s completely unpredictable. Similar to what is unknown about the future of the human and machine relationship. Art is perhaps the only area where people can think and perform freely in the world.
It is an effort that takes shape by adapting to the time period, the moments, the conditions and the people. For this reason, in our rapidly changing world, art and artists can be at much more different points than I can foresee right now. Together we will watch and see.
What were your first thoughts when our gallery that specializes in Man & Machine themes invited you for an exhibition?
I didn’t really find it strange that the gallery was just working with the concept of technology, because it is the topic that is the most relevant today and is affecting the masses the most. As an artist, what I constantly think about is that technology has a share in everything that I see and experience. Therefore, when I was approached with this concept, the thoughts that have been circulating in my head for a long time found meaning, and I have produced the works you see in this exhibition with pleasure. I can’t wait to see it on the walls of your gallery too.
“People and machines now move together, think together and make decisions together. This intensive association mechanizes people and humanizes machines.”
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