Onur Ada

 Detail of  Untitled (Pillars of Creation)

Detail of Untitled (Pillars of Creation)

Born in 1991 in Edirne–a Balkan town in Turkey’s Thracian region–Onur Ada was raised in a tightly-knit environment saturated with culture. Onur spent his college years moving between Washington, D.C., Istanbul, and South Korea focusing on digital arts and design. He describes this education as contributing to his continuous investigation of digital arts' limitless possibilities. Onur considers his computer-generated images to be “coincidental art;” they can never be planned and are only present for a single moment in time. This process is likened to that of astronomical phenomenon: completely distinctive and impossible to recreate.

Onur cites his inspiration as “moments in the history of our planet, moments that occurred only at one time, moments that we cannot create again...like an explosion in the solar system that occurred seven thousand light years ago, or the sound of a radio wave which is finally accessible to us from two million light years away. I am trying to reimagine those moments and give them new meaning.” His series Pillars of Creation digitally reinterprets the occurrence captured in the Hubble Space Telescope's 1995 photograph depicting elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula. This phenomenon is coined the "pillars of creation" because the flumes of gas and dust are in the process of creating new stars.

3D modeling and digital art are ways in which Onur can explore the concepts of innovation, curiosity, individualism, and creativity. He investigates the connections between the most ancient aspects of our universe and the most cutting-edge technologies, bridging gaps between time and space. Based out of Istanbul, Onur graduated from Bahçeşehir University. He has won awards including the Crystal Apple Festival of Creativity's 25 Creatives Under 25 and Cannes Lions' 30 International Creatives Under 30 Years Old and has exhibited his work at Gallery X and the Istanbul Design Bienniale.

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