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REVIEWS

NEW YORK

Slag Gallery

Serkan Özkaya

Dear Sir or Madam

SERKAN ÖZKAYA, foreground: Goldenboy, 2006; on pedestal: Shit on a Stick, 2008; on floor: Proletarier Aller Laender, 1998–2009.

A laugh erupted from a visitor at the opening of Istanbul-based conceptual artist Serkan Özkaya’s first solo exhibition in New York at Slag Gallery. Continuing to chuckle at the sheer absurdity of Özkaya’s neatly typed correspondence with employees at cultural and governmental institutions—usually requesting some far-fetched artistic intervention—and each respondent’s practiced, deliberate bureaucratic language, the visitor stepped on another work, Proletarier Aller Laender (

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