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Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
updated: 03/02/2008
website: www.yaseminkackar.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Happiness should have a portrait.
Find Your Route
Fragile Matters-1
Fragile Matters-3
Fragile Matters-4
Inside and Out
Summertime
Our Tangled Territory
Still Searching Rainbows
Unnatural Habitat
The Bazaar and Beyond
Something Everywhere
Too Good To Be True
Untitled #1
Leaving is not a simple matter.
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, architecture, landscape, gestural, mapping, memory, narrative, urban, autobiographical, pattern
 
 
Happiness should have a portrait. by Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
Happiness should have a portrait.
acrylic, watercolor, ink, colored pencil, yarn, pastel on paper
2007
20" x  23" 
Find Your Route by Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
Find Your Route
ink, acrylic, stitching on Yupo
2006
12" x  9" 
Fragile Matters-1 by Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
Fragile Matters-1
acrylic, ink, pastel, colored pencil and yarn on rice paper
2008
32" x  18" 
Fragile Matters-3 by Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
Fragile Matters-3
acrylic, pastel, colored pencil and yarn on rice paper
2008
32" x  18" 
Fragile Matters-4 by Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
Fragile Matters-4
acrylic, pastel, colored pencil on rice paper
2008
32" x  18" 
Inside and Out by Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
Inside and Out
watercolor,acrylic,yarn, pastel and resin on paper
2006
18" x  24" 
Summertime by Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
Summertime
acrylic, watercolor, pastel and colored pencil on paper
2007
37" x  50" 
Our Tangled Territory by Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
Our Tangled Territory
painted map flags and yarn
2007
Dimensions variable
Still Searching Rainbows by Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
Still Searching Rainbows
acrylic, pastel and colored pencil on rice paper
2008
Dimensions variable
Unnatural Habitat by Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
Unnatural Habitat
knitted yarn pieces and ink pen drawing on wall
2007
Dimensions variable
The Bazaar and Beyond by Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
The Bazaar and Beyond
watercolor,acrylic,colored pencil, pastel on paper
2006
54" x  56" 
Something Everywhere by Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
Something Everywhere
acrylic and ink on canvas
2007
22" x  48" 
Too Good To Be True by Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
Too Good To Be True
acrylic and ink on canvas
2008
48" x  66" 
Untitled #1 by Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
Untitled #1
acrylic, watercolor, stitching, graphite and colored pencil on vellum
2006
12" x  9" 
Leaving is not a simple matter. by Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
Leaving is not a simple matter.
acrylic, pastel,watercolor, colored pencil on paper
2007
31" x  52 3/4" 

Artist Statement
Through my paintings, drawings and installations, I portray my reminiscences of places, which I then transform onto the image’s surface by colors, shapes and patterns. I believe every place and every memory of a place is fragmental and can be broken down to its constituents. Taken out of their context, reconstructing and remapping elements that I once personally experienced enables me to express abstracted narratives. I am influenced by both the physical and the emotional aspects of certain environments and view them as great potentials to narrate stories through my works. To the viewer, the plot of these narratives can be familiar or unknown, boundless or limited, conquered or yet to be discovered. I aim to create a ‘chaotic harmony’ by maintaining a balance between these contrasting concepts via the language of abstraction. It is an act of balancing integration and independence. I am constantly experimenting with various types of media that would best express my memory-laden work. By using paint and various other media such as ink, graphite, watercolor, pastel, threading, knitting, and resin I create an eclectic dialogue between the oxymoronic elements within my pieces. Besides painting, drawing is also an essential part of my work. At times I portray the rapidity of an idea or a memory only through this medium. This process allows me to capture my thoughts in a direct, concise and focused manner.

Drawings also enables me to reexamine my thought processes and channel my thoughts into creating compositions that expand into a given space and can at times turn into ephemeral works. Drawings facilitate an open-ended exploration of spaces and places, which can later develop into installations. I find this uncertainty and spontaneity very intriguing. Each new work is a process whereby I explore many possibilities. I wish my viewers to experience a process similar to the one I experienced in creating it-spontaneous, fluid, buoyant and unconstrained.

Artist Bio / CV

b. Istanbul,  Turkey, '78. Lives and works in NYC.
EDUCATION

MFA, Northern Illinois University, IL, '04

Museum Studies Certificate, NIU '04

BFA, Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey, '01

RESIDENCY

Studio Residency, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY '03

AWARDS

Moon and Stars Project, Visual Arts Department 2006 Exhibition Award '06

1st Prize, Juror’s Choice Award, Emerging IL Artists Juried Exhibit, MCAC, Bloomington, IL '04

2002-03 Jack Eleanor Olson Art Scholarship Award, NIU '02

2nd rank graduation award, the Painting Department of Mimar Sinan U. '01

1st Prize, Mimar Sinan U. Ipek-Ahmet Merey Painting Compt. '00
SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Encounters, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George Arts Project, NY '08

Perhaps it’s better this way, C.A.M. Gallery, Istanbul

My Ongoing Travelogue, McLean County Arts Center, IL '07

Synthetic Lands, The Gallery at Marmara Manhattan, NY '06

Never Land, Gallery 214, NIU, IL '04

Exhibition of paintings, Glass Gallery, Holmes Student Cntr, IL '02

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Painting Pink Pajamas, Contemporary Art Cntr of Peoria, Peoria, IL '08

Future Program, C.A.M Gallery, Istanbul '07

The 20th Drawing Show: Drawing The Line, The Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, MA

Reconfigured, The Basement Gallery, Knoxville, TN

New Directions '07, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

Nat. Prize Show, University Place Galleries, Cambridge, MA

Emergence, Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Square Foot Show, Art Gotham Gallery, NY

26th Faber Birren Nat. Color Award Show, Stamford Art Assoc., CT '06

Dorothy’s Red Shoes, McLean Cnty Arts Cntr, Bloomington, IL '05

11th Int. Women’s Art, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, NY
It’s a small world, Fredericksburg Cntr for Creative Arts, VA

7th Annual All-Media, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC

Emerging IL Artists, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL '04

MFA Exhibition, NIU Art Museum Gallery, Chicago, IL

New Beginnings/ False Starts, HotHouse Gallery, Chicago, IL '03

Impressions from Diversity, Glass Gallery, NIU '02

PUBLICATION
New American Paintings, No. 59 '05