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SERKAN ÖZKAYA

Serkan Özkaya (b. 1973, Istanbul) is a contemporary conceptual artist whose work deals with topics of appropriation and reproduction, and typically operates outside of traditional art spaces. Ozkaya lives in New York City, USA. He holds an M.F.A. from Bard College, New York, and a Ph.D in German Language and Literature from Istanbul University, where he also earned his B.A. and M.A. Ozkaya has been an artist-in-residence at the École Régionale des Beaux Arts de Nantes (2000-2001), Rooseum in Malmo with the IASPIS grant (2002), Platform Recent Art Center in Istanbul (2003-2004), and at Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2006). He is also a fellow of the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Ozkaya's latest works include "One and Three Pasta" with George L. Legendre, where the duo created the mathematical equations and 3D computer models for 92 types of pasta; the creation of "David (inspired by Michelangelo)" at two-times the size of the original; a site-specific sculpture called "A Sudden Gust of Wind" simulating the scattering of papers after a sudden gust of wind, the hand-rendering of newspapers including the Turkish daily "Radikal" and the front page of the "Louisville Courier", and a contribution to a walking museum called "Atlas" wherein Ozkaya constructed a rock to be strapped to the curator's back and promenaded daily throughout the streets of New York. Over the course of the past decade, Ozkaya has given talks, taken part in panel discussions, and conducted workshops at numerous academic and artistic institutions, including: the Malmo Art Academy, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, London University Goldsmiths College, Bilkent University, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Dulcinea Art Gallery, BeganeGrond (BAK), Charlottenborg Museum, the University of Gothenburg's Valand School of Fine Arts, The Drawing Center, Helsinki Art Academy, Columbia University, Brown University etc.

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