Sculptures by Osman Akan seen at Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory - Alaska Department of Public Safety, Anchorage - Fragmenta
Sculptures by Osman Akan seen at Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory - Alaska Department of Public Safety, Anchorage - Fragmenta
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Fragmenta

Light plays a pivotal role in forensic research as well. Often clues come alive by using various light sources and filters that block and reveal certain rays. In short, it is by using light that we can see what is otherwise hidden to our bare eyes. Departing from this point, the concept for the Alaska Crime Lab Project started with a reflection on the idea of forensics, the type of processes that are performed at the lab, and the meaning of a site-specific artwork for this location.

As an attempt to capture some of the qualities of the light in this particular location, Fragmenta utilizes filters that allow the artwork to change its appearance and colors based on the position of the sun, artificial lighting and the viewing angle of its audience. As part of its concept, Fragmenta will change its appearance as the conditions change from long days to long nights, from green of the summer to white cover of the winter in Alaska.

The interplay between the transparent glass panels and stainless steel panels that are impenetrable by light rays depicts the gathering, clarifying and organizing of information. In the square shape of a computer pixel, the scattered tiles of the artwork are dynamic and turbulent but also clear and meditative.

Meet the Creator

Born in 1970, Osman Akan studied graphic design at Bilkent University and holds a masters degree in Critical Studies and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts. Trained as a new media artist, Akan is known for his use of unusual materials and his large scale installations. He has been working with light as a medium, especially with optical fibers, since 2004. Akan installed his first large public commission utilizing fiber optic systems in Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota, USA. In 2007 Akan received New York State Council on the Arts individual artist grant to realize The Third Bridge, a commission for the 40th year celebration of the arts in New York City Parks.

A Jerome and NYSCA fellow, Akan has been involved in many public and private projects and has had exhibitions both in United States and in Europe. Osman Akan lives and works in New York / USA.

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