Short Bio
Mert Acar (b. 1989, Ankara) graduated in 2012 from the Hacettepe University Department of Graphic Design, later completing his master’s degree at the Gazi University Department of Painting in 2017 starting his Proficiency in Art program at the same institution. He had his first solo show named Placeholder at METU, and his second solo show named Flashers On at Torun. His work has been displayed at Akbank 36th Contemporary Artists Exhibition, Queensrollahouse London, Mamut Art Project, Siyah Beyaz Gallery, BASE, Plato Sanat, Mixer Gallery, and Cermodern. His series Placeholder was exhibited in 2018 at the Subjectively Objective gallery space in Detroit and was published as a monograph. He resides and operates in Ankara.
I create my works with an approach where the usual spatiality of daily life is received in a conceptual dimension through a photography-oriented art practice which are fed by Marc Auge's Non-places and Edward Relph's Placelessness concepts; global, unidentified, parts of a labyrinth where the traces of the local are erased and formed by many spatial similarities; I focus on structures, roads, surfaces and landscapes. Synthesizing different materials, such as fluorescent lights, lenticular prints, and billboard-like installations with photography transforms the process to an experimental way of thinking and studying rather than a conclusion of an idea or a concept. This approach enables different perspectives which makes possible the emergence of new ideas in the process of the previous works.
2017 MFA in Painting - Gazi University, TR
2012 BFA in Graphics - Hacettepe University, TR
2010 Exchange Student - Saint-Luc Liège, BE

Solo Shows
2018 Placeholder - Subjectively Objective, Detroit, US
2016 Flashers On - Torun, Ankara, TR
2016 Placeholder - Middle East Technical University, Ankara, TR

Selected Group Shows
2020 Yol - Müze Evliyagil Art Oda, Ankara, TR
2019 Planetary Dysphoria - Queensrollahouse, London, UK
2019 Printed'19 Multiple Choice - Mixer Galeri, İstanbul, TR
2018 Akbank 36th Contemporary Artists - Akbank Sanat, İstanbul, TR
2018 Mixer Sessions III - Mixer Galeri, İstanbul, TR
2018 Mekan Atölye V - Cermodern, Ankara, TR
2018 Sweet Little Lies - Plato Sanat, İstanbul, TR
2017 BASE - Galata Greek Primary School, İstanbul, TR
2017 Mekan Atölye IV - Cermodern, Ankara, TR
2017 Boşluk - Çağdaş Sanatlar Merkezi, Ankara, TR
2017 Urban Obscura - Siyah Beyaz Galeri, Ankara, TR
2017 Mamut Art Project 2017 - KüçükÇiftlik Park, İstanbul, TR
2016 Mekan Atölye III - Cermodern, Ankara, TR
2016 Locus / Mahal - Versus Art Project, İstanbul, TR
2015 ODTÜ Sanat 16 - Middle East Technical University, Ankara, TR