Serkan Özkaya An Attempt At Exhausting a Place in New York

Transgressing the boundaries of architecture Serkan Özkaya will install four cameras outside of the four gallery walls and will project the feeds on their interior surfaces, respectively. Which means, you can see through the wall!

Art Exhibition previously on at Postmasters Gallery in New York, United States.
From Saturday 14 May 2016 to Saturday 18 June 2016

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Published by anonymous on Friday 29 April 2016.
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4 cameras + 4 projectors + 4 walls = 1 show

This is a simple show, as simple as it gets.

The exhibition space of Postmasters is a white cube that is adjacent to an alleyway, an apartment building, the gallery office and the second art gallery.

When standing within An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in New York you are inside, yet witnessing what’s happening outside. You look at projections of live feeds of what is happening right outside the space you occupy, separated by a thin sometimes thick wall.

What you see gives you an urgent impulse to try it out and rush outside and appear on the projection while somebody else is watching it but you can’t be in two places at the same time, can you? You’re either inside of the art gallery, watching the world or outside of the gallery; in the world, being potentially watched.

Özkaya also discovered that the best height for this capture was not eye-level but chest level. Somehow images at that height felt more convincing. Which makes you think that maybe we don’t see with our eyes only, but that we scan the surroundings with our body.

This is an attempt at magic by an artist who turns things upside down and who loves tumbling into the rabbit holes his artworks unravel before him.

While doing some test shots, the artist said “I was mesmerized by the image and couldn’t take my eyes off it. The screen became a film scene. It filled me up with expectation that something will happen in the very next instance. And of course nothing happened or maybe everything happened. Life was happening.”

As the great George Perec had written in his “Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris” in 1974: “This is what happens when nothing happens; otherwise, time, people, cars and clouds.”

In the current political climate where building walls and isolationism drives the national debate the artist presents a metaphor for taking down of the barriers and walls, demystifying the phenomenon of the classic white box.

Acclaimed South African novelist Margie Orford will spend 3 full days in the gallery and take notes of the events outside via the wall projections. These notes can be accessed online on Postmasters Gallery’s website.

PS. Due to unforeseen circumstances the artist will not be attending the opening, he will dwell outside, witnessing to be witnessed.