A Sudden Gust of Wind: Serkan Ozkaya



A Sudden Gust of Wind Serkan Ozkaya September 19 – October 31, 2008 Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1973, Serkan Ozkaya’s work has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, and many publications throughout Europe. He has also been featured in The New York Times, with whom he collaborated for the work Today Could Be a Day of Historical Importance, (2006) where the newspaper featured a full-page reproduction of his artwork on the front of the Arts section. Ozkaya’s work has also been shown at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Kunsthalle Bern, the PERFORMA07 Festival in New York, Exit Art (New York), and the 9th International Istanbul Biennial, among many other museums. He holds a PhD from Istanbul University and an MFA from Bard College.

“Ozkaya’s work is without such hope (that in Jeff Wall’s picture Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) there still seems to be a hope that a gust of breeze or undercurrent can come and subvert capital rationalism) and imagines the gallery as an airless place, even a vacuum, a gust of wind or breezy undercurrent is not expected anytime soon to animate the frozen wings of these sheets of A4. In fact, Ozkaya’s work is built to accentuate the fact that the gallery finds such unexpected changes undesirable, a spontaneous gust could ruin this image of spontaneity. However I suppose a counter reading is also available, that one would be more about “unseen” forces, I suppose most obviously of capital itself… and of digital photography, in that reading then Ozkaya’s work would be contrasting by not really having invisible (i.e. digial photographic) means, but more like the oldfashioned magicians tools of clear fishing line.”

– Judy Radul

For more information about Serkan Ozkaya’s work click on the following links:

PERFORMA 07 @ the Freemans restaurant “Bring Me the Head Of…”

THE NEW YORK TIMES PROJECT (video time-lapse of Serkan copying the newspaper)


9th INTERNATIONAL ISTANBUL BIENNIAL Michelangelo’s David sculpture – PS1 Radio interview