Akdeniz paints fictive landscapes and interiors inhabited by a sparse array of design objects and architecture borrowed from our recent past. While the juxtapositions within the picture plane are surreal, the subjects, depicted with smooth surfaces and a soft and muted palette, are unambiguous and unmistakable for anything else. Each series is tied together by an underlying concept that comes through the artist’s close reading of psychoanalysis, philosophy, and architectural theory, though the paintings are not composed with the intention of being read in a linear fashion.
For The Secret Life of My Coffee Table, Akdeniz has produced a series of paintings of the exterior of iconic stone buildings that are partially submerged by clear and calm bodies of water. Alongside this are depictions of the building’s interiors that contain stylish furniture as well as piles of rocks whose purpose is uncertain. These seemingly post-apocalyptic scenes suggest a potential future where our buildings and design objects in their various forms remain as our sole survivors.