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Derya Akay

With bread,

SAHA supported the production of Derya Akay’s new works for his solo exhibition at Campbell River and District Public Art Gallery held between 31 March–17 May 2017.

In 2016, Derya Akay conducted research during his tenure as visiting artist at the gallery, in anticipation of his solo exhibition opening in 2017. “With bread,” features an immersive installation inspired by the ancient style of mosiacs, “The Unswept Floor” (Herakleitos, A.D. 200). Akay’s contemporary reinterpretation of the mosaic style features the incorporation of a new series of works that revolve around the performative gestures and objects integral to a social gathering. Whether a gathering of people for a meal or the gathering of potatoes in offering, the artist seeks to transform the exhibition hall by utilizing his background in installation, ceramics and painting to create a unified floor work. 

About Derya Akay

Derya Akay (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.

About the Campbell River and District Public Art Gallery

The Campbell River Art Gallery exhibits the contemporary art of senior and mid-career professional artists from across Canada in our two exhibition spaces, as well as presenting regional and emerging artists in our lobby satellite cases. The Gallery offers workshops for adults and youth, school and community gallery tours (followed by an art activity), artist in the school programs, Super Saturday free art-making sessions, films and other special events.