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Interactive and Novel Media: Artworks by Serkan Ozkaya


A photo of two people lying on top of many foam figures in the bottom of a gallery spaceProletarier Aller Laender

Serkan Ozkaya is a conceptual artist who uses interactive and novel media to work outside of traditional gallery spaces, creating artworks that question the nature of art making. Ozkaya is especially interested in art appropriation and reproduction - issues concerning the true authorship of works.

 

Many of Ozkaya’s works take a political stance, such as Proletarier Aller Laender, an installation made up of hundreds of tiny plastic foam figures stuck to the floor of the gallery space. The figures may be stepped on but they always bounce back to their original position, making the work a comment on the working class as either downtrodden or resilient depending on the viewer’s perspective.

 

A photo of a ball of rice shaped like a bear's headBring Me The Head Of...

Another work, Bring Me The Head Of… saw the artist serving a meal of various foods shaped like teddy bear heads. The “viewers” of the work participated in the making of the work by eating the bears, both creating the work conceptually, and destroying the physical object. I enjoy the subtle existence of this work, and the way that it forces the participant to contemplate their own actions. 

 

An installation view of several pieces of furniture with the human body as their structural basisHomo Practicus (installation view)


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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