31 March – 17 May
Opening Reception: Friday March 31, 6 PM
Artist Talk: Friday March 31, 6:30 PM
Curator Tours: Saturday April 8 + Saturday May 6, 1:00 PM
Supported by: SAHA Association
Sponsored by: Flooring Canada
Exhibition Publication will be available in print and online.
Artist Biography: Derya Akay (b, 1988, Turkey) is an artist living in Vancouver. He received the 2016 Portfolio Prize Emerging Artist Award in Vancouver. Recent solo exhibitions include Campbell River Art Gallery, 2017; Pumice, Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles, California, 2017; Painting with Light, Kunstverein Toronto, 2015; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Supper, Centre A, Vancouver, 2014. Group exhibitions include Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, 2017; Unit 17, Vancouver, 2017; Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2016; The Gardener Museum, Toronto, 2015; Geometry of Knowing Part I, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, 2015. He has an upcoming residency with the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver titled Mantı, Börek, Baklava where Akay will collaborate and collect knowledge about foraging, shopping and cooking from elder women in the region that have all come from an immigrant background.
Artist Statement: My practice is driven by a curiosity of how things are made. From flowers to food to furniture, it explores the means of production of non-art objects and how these processes find confluence with my own art-making practice. My research is always a process of education where I learn the skills necessary to make the objects that interest me. The acquisition of these skills begins to inform my art making. Ways of building, growing, and cooking, become translated in my work into gesture, composition, and form. In this way, the production of non-art objects becomes the work itself. These works include textiles, still lifes, ceramics, photographs, furniture and gardens. My ceramics reflect my interest in the meaning and experience of a meal that I have grown, cooked, and served to the community that surrounds me. In this manner, I engage with questions of self-sufficiency, self-reliance, community, cultivation and process. To look at these from another perspective, I am interested in the intersections, parallels and tangents between life, art and work.