Eren Bayrak questions the means of visual perception that are developed in the age of mass-production. His practice mainly consists of the graphic manipulation of images gathered from the visual mass media, and their re-conceptualization. The artist rebuilds these images -which have been relocated from their original positions- in different mediums to create new meanings. In this sense, he questions our visual realities shaped by the holographic reflections of today’s mass communication tools.
What is the purpose of an artwork in a globalised world at a time when even Politics are aestheticised? Shelley’s famous quote from 1821 reading “Poets are the belittled lawmakers of the world” arguably created two contradictory impacts dealing with the concept of “genius” and the future of political art: whilst still suggesting that an artist could criticize the society, she implies that an artist should not only occupy him or herself with sociopolitical issues but should rather be exploring self-expression. Bayrak emphasizes this contradiction in his works and extracts new meanings out of aestheticized images by relocating them in unusual relationships in an attempt to expose their discrepancies and irony.