Bring Me The Head Of...Courtesy of the artist Photo: Paula Court Serkan Ozkaya
PERFORMA 07 presents ???Bring Me The Head Of...???, a new experiential, culinary work by Turkish artist Serkan ?–zkaya, which will have its US Premiere at Freemans restaurant in New York City, October 27 ??“ November 20, as part of the second edition of the biennial of new visual art performance.
???Bring Me The Head Of...??? is the name of a dish conceived by ?–zkaya that will be incorporated into the restaurant's menu by Freemans??™ chef Jean Adamson. The dish is the artwork: formed into the shape of a head of an icon of childhood, cooked, served and eaten by patrons of the restaurant.
Freemans chef Jean Adamson selects the ingredients and creates a recipe that fits seamlessly into the existing menu. However, unlike other menu items, ???Bring Me The Head Of...??? will be listed as an artwork for sale, and patrons will be invited to consume and thereby destroy the art.
?–zkaya's conceptual works are about appropriation and reproduction; they usually operate outside traditional spaces for art in this case, on the tables of one of New York??™s hippest restaurants. This work is produced through a mutual relationship between the audience (the patron) and the artwork (the food), and perhaps most importantly, it is about a unique experience with a reproducible art piece, that can be created and destroyed as many times as patrons order the dish.
???Bring Me The Head Of...??? is also about creating a new venue for sculpture??”in this case, a restaurant instead of a gallery??”as a space for an aesthetic experience. It requires a certain leap of faith: in order to experience ?–zkaya's art, one has to go to the restaurant, select the dish, devour it, and pay for the experience in all its conceptual, experiential and tasteful layers.
About the Artist
Born in Istanbul in 1973, ?–zkaya has held solo shows around the world, and has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Steiler Konter, Bregenzer Kunstverein; Pre Emptive, Kunsthalle Bern; 9th International Istanbul Biennial; public.exe: Public Execution, Exit Art, New York; Democracy is Fun?, Whitebox, New York; and Placebo Effect, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin. Between 2003??“2006 ?–zkaya produced ???Today Could Be a Day of Historical Importance??? in collaboration with four major newspapers, including the New York Times. ?–zkaya is also the author of four books, including Genius and Creativity in the Arts.
Curated by Defne Ayas, with support from Tairone Bastien
Special thanks to Naama Laufer.
???Bring Me The Head Of...??? is realized with the support of Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moon and Stars Project and Marmara Manhattan.