Art and Design Met at GRA / PLAST II Exhibition

GRA/PLAST II Exhibition, Consisting the Works of Academics, is on Display at CKM.

“GRA/PLAST II” exhibition, which consists of the works of the members of the Departments of Graphic Design and Plastic Arts and Painting of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Yeditepe University is now open. 

 

The works of the members of the Graphic Design and Plastic Arts and Painting Departments of Yeditepe University “GRA/PLAST II” exhibition, consisting of the works of 27 academics, is now at Kadıköy Municipality’s Caddebostan Cultural Center Art Gallery. Organized in the memory of Prof. Dr. Kaya Özsezgin, who curated the first GRA/PLAST exhibition and passed on 17 August 2016, by the faculty, the exhibition awaits its visitors until 30 November. Yeditepe University’s Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Head of the Department of Plastic Arts and Painting, Prof. Gülveli Kaya stated that “We created an exhibition by combining the art in design with the design in art. Art enthusiasts who visit this exhibition will be able to observe the art in design”.

 

“ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKE US SAY WE ARE PROUD TO BE AT YEDITEPE”

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, Yusuf Akgün, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Yeditepe University, stated that this exhibition is the result of an important success and followed: “We support the model of production in education, and education in production. As I see the products here, I feel extraordinarily happy. I would like to thank all our academics and students who put in an effort for this”.

Also, Rector of Yeditepe University, Prof. Dr. Canan Aykut Bingöl also spoke during the ceremony, saying “I would like to thank all our academics who put their efforts into the exhibition. Thanks to you, we feel alive. One of the things that make us say that we are proud to be part of Yeditepe is your faculty and works. We are glad to be with you, and watch your works”. 

 

“ACADEMY’S CONTRIBUTION IS NOT ONLY RAISING STUDENTS” 

Providing information regarding the exhibition, Yeditepe University’s Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Head of the Department of Plastic Arts and Painting, Prof. Gülveli Kaya reminded that the exhibition has a history and continued as follows: “ The first of our exhibitions have been organized with the curatorship of Prof. Dr. Kaya Özsezgin in 2006. He is one of the prominent art historians of Turkey, yet he unfortunately passed away in 2016. He organized the exhibition here, with the same name, with a collaboration of the Departments of Graphic Design and Plastic Arts and Painting of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Yeditepe University Departments of Graphic Design and Plastic Arts and Painting of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Yeditepe University. We also wanted to organize an exhibition with the same name, at the same location, with the same graphics. Also, we brought together our Departments of Graphic Design and Plastic Arts and Painting together. We need to make our exhibitions continue for our institutional memory. I was a research assistant during the first exhibition. Today, I am here as the dean of the faculty, as well as a professor. I hope our current research assistants here will take this as an example when they finish their specializations, and our exhibition will become a tradition. This is our legacy for future generations”.

THIS IS THE EXHIBITION THAT OUR ACADEMICS FACE THEMSELVES AND THE STUDENTS

Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Head of the Department of Graphic Design, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özlem Mutaf Büyükarman also stated that Yeditepe University puts great importance on art and culture, and they are lucky to be a part of it. She continued as follows: “Our exhibition consists of works and collaborations of 27 academics from the Departments of Graphic Design and Plastic Arts and Painting. Faculty of Fine Arts brings these departments together as a crucial framework. The Department of Plastic Arts provides the foundation to all other departments and its paths cross with graphic design frequently. Also, the Department of Graphic Design also started to be a part of fine arts with its conceptual works. So, I can say that the collaboration is a fine one. We have also organized the “Face Off” exhibition for our 25th year, in Pera Museum, where all our alumni collaborated together. This exhibition is also one where our academics faced themselves and their students. They always teach, and they are known as academics, but they are also artists. We are able to observe their efforts here in the name of arts in this exhibition. Our exhibition is open for a month, and we would like to invite everyone interested”. 

PARTICIPATING FACULTY MEMBERS 

Works of 27 faculty members will be on display at GRA/PLAST II, namely Altan Çelem, Aslıgül Akın, Ayşegül İzer, Bahar Artan Oskay, Banu Uğural, Çağan Çankırılı, Demet Karapınar, Devabil Kara, Emre Becer, Fevzi Karakoç, Filiz Piyale Onat, Furkan Uzun, Gözde Umur, Gülveli Kaya, Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioğlu, Hakan Özer, İlknur Alparslan, İsmet Değirmenci, K. Atılay Aşkaroğlu, Mahir Güven, Mustafa Karyağdı, Necmi Yalçın, Özlem Mutaf Büyükarman, Selin Yaprak Türkölmez, Teymur Rzayev, Yağızhan Çalışkan and Zeynep Sarı.

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