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Gulay Alpay Exhibition NY
Broadway Gallery, New York 03-28 December 2005
Curator: Luca Curci
473 Broadway, 7th Floor . Tel.
212-274-8993 . Fax. 212-274-6787
Whales have been the source of inspiration for Gulay Alpay's works for
over ten years. This December, Alpay will hold her New York debut exhibition at the
Broadway Gallery, displaying what she describes as the transfer of the audio into visual.
All the colors of the ocean, whirling waves and bursting chords of movement convey the
musical and mystical world of the whale in her canvases. She would like visitors to
reflect on the visual and audio beauty of the whale, thus the visitors will be enveloped
by an audio track of whale sounds in the exhibition space.
Gülay Alpay's Exhibition at NY Broadway Gallery will be a charity exhibition to support
the "Whale and Dolphin Action League". 50% of the sales-revenue will be donated
to the league and during the exhibition-period a seminar with the theme "Protecting
the whales in their own habitats" will be held by the league's director Taffy
This understanding and harmony is close to Alpay's heart. "The universal, peaceable,
pluralist and uniting invitation of art will reach all art lovers. With the hope that,
instead of the threat of war and global terrorism, peace and friendship will embrace all
humanity". This synthesis can be seen clearly through her work.
These whale-themed pieces speak volumes. Alpay conveys the energetic charge of their
crashing tails in stark black and muscular red. Her use of color illustrates their
dramatic movements, and the sea world becomes a swirling example of abstract
expressionism. Relying on the prompting of nature alone, the works embody chaos, calm,
movement and stillness, inspiring the spectator to reflect on the themes of nature, music
and humanity. (Kate Hickey)
Gulay Alpay has been exhibiting her works since 1985 and has had great success in shows in
every continent. A graduate of visual arts-painting in 1992, from professor Özdemir
Altan's studio in Istanbul, her work has spanned many mediums including performance,
textiles, canvas, ceramics and now soundscapes. While working on these current pieces, she
focused closely on the sounds of the whale. She said that she "tries to catch the
rhythms in small and great forms and dimensions on the canvas". Since 2002, Alpay has
been involved in two international projects. The first, "the Coaster Project"
set out to transcend geographic political and cultural boundaries by distributing over
10,000 pieces of art around the world. In excess of 99 artists staged "trans-global
exhibitions" where the pieces were displayed and then "handed out around the
world in the guise of coasters to bars, cafes and restaurants". The second exhibition
is "the Tile Project," which will run through 2006 and will culminate in 22
innovative public artworks, from mosaics to new art forms. Each of these original pieces
will incorporate ties created by over 100 international artists. Exhibitions of these
works are scheduled to take place everywhere from Washington to Seoul. The first was
hosted by Alpay in Istanbul. "My works are now in various museums, art galleries and
art centres in more than 50 countries," Alpay tells me. Both of these projects were
organized by Trans-Cultural Exchange, a non-profit group whose mission is to foster a
greater understanding of world cultures by way of high-quality art exchanges, exhibits,
panel discussions and community programs.
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