Join exhibiting artist Serkan Özkaya and art theorist Julian Haladyn for a compelling conversation about the intersection of art and theory, taking place during MOCA Toronto’s Free Friday Night powered by Scotiabank.
The conversation will explore Özkaya’s current work on display, ni4ni v.3, as well as examining the specifics of his artistic practice. Both arts practitioners are heavily influenced by the theories of conceptual modern artist, Marcel Duchamp. While this is the first public conversation offered between the two, the duo have been in touch discussing multiple written works and are currently in the process of developing a publication together.
Please note: registration to this talk is not required but will guarantee your seat for the programme.
Born in Istanbul and now based in Toronto, Serkan Özkaya is known for his conceptual artworks that range from sculpture and installation to video and digital applications. Some of Özkaya’s recent projects include We Will Wait, a recreation of Marcel Duchamp’s Étant donnés, that was installed at Duchamp’s studio in New York and operated as a camera obscura; An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in New York, which dissolved the walls of Postmasters Gallery by covering them with projections of what’s going on just beyond them; Mirage, which consisted of a shadow of a passenger airplane crossing the room every four minutes; One and Three Pasta (with George L. Legendre), where the duo created 3D computer models for ninety-two types of pasta after Legendre’s mathematical equations and David (inspired by Michelangelo), a gold-plated replica two-times the size of the original.
Julian Haladyn is a Canadian art historian, cultural theorist and Assistant Professor at OCAD University in Toronto. He is the author of several books, including Duchamp, Aesthetics and Capitalism (2019), Boredom and Art: Passions of the Will To Boredom (2014) and Marcel Duchamp: Étant donnés (2010). In addition, he is co-editor of Community of Images: Strategies of Appropriation in Canadian Art, 1977-1990 (with Janice Gurney 2022) and the Boredom Studies Reader (with Michael E. Gardiner 2016).