While working on the interviews for my last post, I had an opportunity to meet two artists who were putting the finishing touches on their respective exhibitions. Serkan Ozkaya’s work A Sudden Gust of Wind is still on view at Boots Contemporary Art Space and Pepe Mar’s exhibition Who Needs Guitars Anymore? is at White Flag Projects.
Georgia Kotretsos, Editor-in-Chief of Boot Print (which is, in my opinion, is one of the best art publications out there; click here for their online archive) interviews Serkan about his work. His piece is a reference to a Jeff Wall’s photograph of the same name, which references the work by Hokusai. Here he describes this connection, as well as the other ideas behind the work:
At White Flag Projects, Pepe Mar discusses his exhibition with White Flag’s Director, Matthew Strauss. Pepe’s work consists of three-dimensional “monsters,” which confront the viewer with their explosive color and form. Here he talks about his inspiration and why he chose to present his work here: