As an artist Selçuk has a passion for investigating artistic identity of others as well as himself. A key part of this is his tendency to re-imagine significant figures, or pop culture icons in a way that represents his unique perception of them and what they represent. He’s composed sculptures that help give life to his views on Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, pop culture icons like Barbie and even mythological figures like the Greek father of the Gods: Zeus.
Selçuk has also been known to re-imagine works by old masters in the hopes of updating them to a contemporary standard as seen in his piece inspired by Michelangelo’s ‘David’ which, he believes, has become ‘tired’ by the number of people viewing and recycling the same, old, carbon copied image and perception. Although a lot of his work is inspired by personal views on a subject or shape there is no mistaking that others connect with the visions and ideas he puts forward through his artistic output in an avid and active way. The genius of his work is that it appeals to people through the topics, icons and symbols it investigates but also through the very fact that it is predominantly sculpture which viewers can stand next to, walk around and interact with that really allows people develop a dialogue and connection with his work.
In re-imagining key pieces of pop culture he in turn steals a little of their audience’s attention and aims it back at himself while, all the while paying homage to the original source. The materials he utilises in order to make his ideas into solid, sculpted reality cover a vast array of sources. He has been known to work in any medium that peaks his interest or suits his purpose, switching from one to another at a moment’s notice, but quite often tends to favour a particular material or component for the duration of a series. Examples of this include concrete, a recurring material for the artist due to its durability and familiarity with potential viewers, neon paint and silicon.
Selçuk works with daring, with unabashed love of pop culture and with a great knowledge of satire when it comes to the topics he covers. It’d be very easy to compare an artist like Selçuk to the likes of England’s prolific yet mysterious Banksy in this regard but there’s something very personal about Selçuk’s work, something very self serving that isn’t always found amongst the works of someone like Banksy. Yes, both artists comment on culture in all its forms, and no: neither artist would seem to be limited to a specific medium or style – but: where Banksy’s work is made to shock, awe and move great numbers of viewers from piece to piece – Selçuk’s work feels a lot more personal, a lot more introspective.
When viewing a Selçuk piece you are sharing a moment with the artist, a private joke of sorts that you either get, or you don’t. It’s as simple as that and Selçuk knows this very well. He welcomes the interpretation of anyone interested enough and hopes you’ll put your own ideas forward because, at the end of the day, it’s human beings and the culture they create, the comments and stories they build around simple icons or identities that keeps his work fuelled and well informed – and should do for years to come.