Seçkin Pirim, who is on his way to being a universal artist, stopped by Sanayi 313 from his atelier in Oto Sanayi area to have a cup of coffee. read more
Seçkin Pirim, who is on his way to being a universal artist, stopped by Sanayi 313 from his atelier in Oto Sanayi area to have a cup of coffee. He parked his motorcycle on our door and kept parking it there nearly every other day.
Routine and breaking out of the routine. You are saying that these two concepts inspire your work. What are you doing these days in your routine and out of your routine?
My biggest routine is my atelier these days. I go to my atelier everyday at seven in the morning, Sundays included. It is a routine but a pleasurable one. To break out of the routine, I jump in to my motorcycle and go to different places. Last month I was in Cape Town, we made a tour in South Africa.
Visiting Sanayi 313, was it out of your routine?
No, it wasn’t. I wanted to come here. There are some intersections in life. It is like the saying ‘there is no such thing as coincidence in life’. It is actually very productive for me to be talking to you. I am taking something out of here without you knowing about it.
If we go back to your works, in which ways working with paper motivates you?
I have been mingling with paper for the last three-four years. I am also working on acrylic sculptures at the same time. When I first started to work with paper, I liked that there were very little limits. I saw that it was possible to do many many things… And since I am very impatient, I like to reach the conclusion very quickly. There are some disadvantages as well. As an artist it is easy to say ‘my artwork will find its way in life, then it may dissolve’. But an art collector wouldn’t say that. Collector wants to see the artwork in his collection for a lifetime; even he/she may want to pass it over to his/her kids. It is paper at the end of the day. Once it gets wet, it melts away. I am working on these technical details. I work like an engineer.
What is your next project? What are you working on these days?
I have some projects overseas. A gallery I work with participated to Hong Kong Art Basel, I sent them a piece. I am going to Shanghai to stay for a month, I will be preparing for an exhibition. On the other hand I am working on a sculpture for an outside area in Çanakkale. It is going to be the biggest sculpture I’ve ever done; you can even walk in it.
What are your plans for your art?
My aim is to carry my art to a universal level. When I was a student, I used to save money to go to art fairs and exhibitions in the world. I always try to make room for travelling around the world.
As far as I know, you work in your atelier in Oto Sanayi. What are the positive and negative sides of working here?
The best day in Oto Sanayi is Sunday. There is no one around. It is like a liberated area. On the weekdays on the other hand, I love that everyone is working. Car mechanics are working; cars are being washed... There is a circulation and I like it very much. It motivates me. I can also manage everything in this area. When I was working in Beyoğlu, I used to come here for the ironmonger, go to Karaköy for materials etc. Oto Sanayi is like a heaven. You can live here for five months without needing to go to anywhere else. Upstairs in my atelier is my living area. Four days a week, I stay there. I’ll come to Sanayi 313 for lunch from now on. And in this area, there are surprises such as seeing a place like Sanayi 313 once you enter through the door. It is great!
What did you feel when you came here? If you were to make a sculpture inspired by Sanayi 313, how would it be?
When I came here, I felt that everything was chosen with care. I can spend time here; right now there are 40 different pieces I want to buy from the store. I would design a very special object for Sanayi 313 and would like it to be in one of the corners.
How do you think Oto Sanayi area will be in 10 years?
I don’t know how it is going to be. In a country like Turkey where you don’t even know what will happen tomorrow, the answer to this question would be utopic. I can talk about how I want it to be though. It can be such a beautiful place. If galleries, restaurants, ateliers, stores would take place here, the world may come to this area. My biggest dream is to buy all the upper floors in my street, destroy the walls in between and create a very large atelier. Wood, iron and paper ateliers near each other…
TAGS: SEÇKİN PİRİM, ART, OTO SANAYİ, SCULPTURE, ÇANAKKALE, HONG KONG ART BASEL, SHANGHAI, ATELIER