Bring Me The Head Of..., 2007 - Serkan Ozkaya
About the Work
About Bring Me The Head Of...
Bring Me the Head of is a sculpture of a classic teddy bear head cut open in perfect, even precision, conjuring the artist's themes of replication and memory. Originally created as a culinary work for the Performa 07 biennial ...Read More
Bring Me the Head of is a sculpture of a classic teddy bear head cut open in perfect, even precision, conjuring the artist's themes of replication and memory. Originally created as a culinary work for the Performa 07 biennial, Bring Me the Head was listed as a special Performa desert on the menu at Freemans restaurant in New York City. Patron's who ordered the special spice cake, topped with cream and a sprig of mint, would thus engage in the act of purchasing, consuming, and destroying the art. The cast in which the dessert was baked is a limited-edition in bronze, which patrons are invited to buy and keep forever.Read Less
About the Artist
About Serkan Ozkaya
In his 2010 collaboration with newspapers around the world, Today Could Be the Day of Historical Importance, the artist hand-drew pages of text and images of newspapers after they were laid out by the editors, and the New York Times featured a full-page reproduction of his work on the front of the Arts section. In his most recent work (originally created for the 2005 Istanbul Biennial) the artist recreated Michelangelo's David—almost double the size, made of Styrofoam, and painted gold. The concept of memory is largely at work in the midst of Ozkaya's art—what happened and how do we retell it in a meaningful way? Like language replacing the world, representation replaces the object. "To make a simulation," the artist says, "is what art always does: to mimic what is real."
Ozkaya's work has appeared in Artform, Art in America, and many publications throughout Europe. His works have been exhibited at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Kuntshalle Bern, PERFORMA Festival, Exit Art, and the 9th International Istanbul Biennial, among many other institutions and venues. He holds an MFA from Bard College and a PhD from Istanbul University. Read Less
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