I stopped by 21C yesterday to see Serkan Özkaya’s massive David (inspired by Michelangelo), which, like me, recently moved from Istanbul to Louisville. I think that conceptual art, when done well, can be really interesting, and Özkaya is one of my favorites.
Working in the spirit of one of the first masters of conceptual art, Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), Ozkaya’s sculpture transforms Michelango’s work into a new object of contemplation and provocation, paying homage not only to the original masterpiece, but to its cultural legacy. To create his version of what he calls “the greatest masterpiece,” the artist did not copy the Renaissance-era marble sculpture, but used a 3-D model rendered in code by Levoy. This appropriation combines new technology with iconography in an exploration of two cornerstones of conceptual art – value and authenticity.
Read the rest of the press release here.