Server Demirtaş, Scramble 3, 2019, silicon, motor, engine and mechanic parts, 58 x 48 x 39cm

Server Demirtaş, Scramble 3, 2019, silicon, motor, engine and mechanic parts, 58 x 48 x 39cm

About

Born in 1957 in Istanbul, Server Demirtaş started his education in the Painting Department of the State Academy of Fine Arts in 1977. While at the Academy, which will later be known as Mimar Sinan University, Server Demirtaş took classes in the atelier of Devrim Erbil, a significant Turkish painter renown for his paintings of Istanbul silhouettes. After graduating, Server Demirtaş conducted joint works with Adnan Çoker, another prominent artist who has become a pioneer of Turkish Abstract Art.
A master of creativity and construction, Server Demirtaş brings life to his artistic machines with intricate engineering. As a young child, Demirtaş was amazed and excited by mechanical objects; he learned mechanics and production methods from his technician Father. As a student, Server started a business creating unique and special cardboard boxes for pastry shops, as well as paper toys. During those times, Demirtaş also built machines to assist in production, including one for making paper parasols. Early on in his artistic career, Demirtaş was known for three- dimensional artworks created with PVC-coated newspapers. A graduate of the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University with a focus in painting, Server Demirtaş has been passionate about building mechanical sculptures in movement as well as video art since 1997. Demirtaş’s innovative sense of art, which constantly seeks variation, gave birth to his moving sculptures in 1997, now called “kinetic sculptures”, which are a combination of various machine parts. The mechanical sculptures require long processes and have eventually become important samples of Kinetic Sculpture in Turkey.
Demirtaş also finds inspiration in the mechanical works of old masters such as Al-Jazari and Leonardo da Vinci, as well as the sculptures of Swiss artist Jean Tinguely. This pushes us to reconsider the relationships between art and science, and technology and people. The artist’s studio is his home. He conceives and designs the mechanics and produces his sculptures by himself in his studio in Taksim, Istanbul. The workspace is filled with a wide variety of objects from vintage toys to sculptures, plants, and a few odds and ends neatly displayed on shelves. Dedicated to his passion of mechanical sculptures in movement, Demirtaş spends most of his time in Istanbul in his studio and keeps designing and building inventive creations that communicate his personal history.

About

Born in 1957 in Istanbul, Server Demirtaş started his education in the Painting Department of the State Academy of Fine Arts in 1977. While at the Academy, which will later be known as Mimar Sinan University, Server Demirtaş took classes in the atelier of Devrim Erbil, a significant Turkish painter renown for his paintings of Istanbul silhouettes. After graduating, Server Demirtaş conducted joint works with Adnan Çoker, another prominent artist who has become a pioneer of Turkish Abstract Art.
A master of creativity and construction, Server Demirtaş brings life to his artistic machines with intricate engineering. As a young child, Demirtaş was amazed and excited by mechanical objects; he learned mechanics and production methods from his technician Father. As a student, Server started a business creating unique and special cardboard boxes for pastry shops, as well as paper toys. During those times, Demirtaş also built machines to assist in production, including one for making paper parasols. Early on in his artistic career, Demirtaş was known for three- dimensional artworks created with PVC-coated newspapers. A graduate of the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University with a focus in painting, Server Demirtaş has been passionate about building mechanical sculptures in movement as well as video art since 1997. Demirtaş’s innovative sense of art, which constantly seeks variation, gave birth to his moving sculptures in 1997, now called “kinetic sculptures”, which are a combination of various machine parts. The mechanical sculptures require long processes and have eventually become important samples of Kinetic Sculpture in Turkey.
Demirtaş also finds inspiration in the mechanical works of old masters such as Al-Jazari and Leonardo da Vinci, as well as the sculptures of Swiss artist Jean Tinguely. This pushes us to reconsider the relationships between art and science, and technology and people. The artist’s studio is his home. He conceives and designs the mechanics and produces his sculptures by himself in his studio in Taksim, Istanbul. The workspace is filled with a wide variety of objects from vintage toys to sculptures, plants, and a few odds and ends neatly displayed on shelves. Dedicated to his passion of mechanical sculptures in movement, Demirtaş spends most of his time in Istanbul in his studio and keeps designing and building inventive creations that communicate his personal history.

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2018 “Robot Love”, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
“Mad World” Bozlu Art Project, Istanbul, Turkey
Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Bozlu Art Project
2017 Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Bozlu Art Project
Heterotopya, Rem Art Space, Istanbul, Turkey
2016 “Respect II” , Bozlu Art Project, Istanbul, Turkey
Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Bozlu Art Project
2015 Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Bozlu Art Project
2014 “Climate Change” Bozlu Art Project, Istanbul, Turkey
“The Future is The Woman”, Ekavart Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
“A Team”, S-Art, Istanbul, Turkey
2013 Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Merkur Gallery
2011 Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Cagla Cabaoglu Gallery
2008 Cannes International Art Show, France
2007 Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Turkey
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2004 “P-entalogy”, Gallery Binyil, Istanbul, Turkey
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2003 “And”, Maritime Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
“Approaches”, Aksanat, Istanbul, Turkey
2002 “60 years 60 artists”, 12th Istanbul Art Fair TUYAP, Istanbul, Turkey
1999 “2nd Balkan Triennial”, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Serbia
1997 “Meeting in Art”, Maritime Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
“Desiring Machines”, Yuksel Sabanci Culture Center, Istanbul, Turkey
1996 “The Other”, Habitat 2, Antrepo, Istanbul, Turkey
1995 “Towards the End of the 20th Century”, Gallery B, Istanbul, Turkey
1994 “Prilep Sculpture Symposium”, Macedonia
Mine Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
1993 “Writing and Diversity”, Gallery B, Istanbul, Turkey
1990 “Big Exhibition II”, Painting & Sculpture Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
1989 “Today’s Artists Istanbul Exhibition X”, Istanbul, Turkey
“Ten Artists”, Derimod Culture Center, Istanbul, Turkey
1988 “New Trends Exhibition”, Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey
1987 “Today’s Artists Istanbul Exhibition VIII”, Istanbul, Turkey
1986 “Today’s Artists Istanbul Exhibition VII”, Istanbul, Turkey
1985 “Today’s Artists Istanbul Exhibition VI”, Istanbul, Turkey
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