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Fashion is constantly reinventing itself while also drawing from the endless diversity of the past. Add in a constant stream of new ideas, and surprising trends are born. Derek Gores takes a similar approach. For his extraordinary collages, which quote from fashion photography, he uses mosaic pieces cut from different fashion magazines.
Gores takes – often literally – the written and illustrated out of context in order to express something new. Incredible faces and female figures emerge from the countless individual pieces. At the same time, every movement is perfectly recreated, every detail clearly recognisable. What sets his work apart is its esprit and liveliness.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in New York in 1971, Derek Gores began to experiment with newspaper clippings at the age of 17. Now he does not only create fascinating collages with a very unique aesthetic, he also often consciously uses snippets of articles that contrast with what the image expresses.
The material is not the only thing that is multi-faceted in the collages, but also the levels of textuality. Gores creates authentic experiences, rather than just making pictures of experiences. His role models include artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Max Ernst. After finishing his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, Derek Gores now lives and works in Melbourne, Florida.
For his collages, Derek Gores uses scraps of magazines, documents, logos, and found objects from the digital realm. The artist describes his technique as an intense emotional moment, in which he gives his creativity free reign. He connects memories and thoughts with smirking details, confidently affixing paper to canvas to make perfect artistic compositions. Creative vitality adheres to his art, making it irresistibly fascinating.
Most of my pictures are of beauty, but beauty built of chaos and mess and discord.
|1971||Born in New York, USA|
|1993||Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design, USA|
Solo Exhibitions (Selection)
Group Exhibitions (Selection)
|2011||Select fair at Art Basel Miami, USA|
|Collage Europe! EGAD Art Lab, Melbourne, Florida, USA|
|Collage Couture, Baisden Gallery, Tampa, USA|
|2010||Torn, Baisden Gallery, Tampa, USA|
|This is the sea, Slow Gallery, Melbourne, Florida, USA|
|Blank space gallery, Torn, Orlando, USA|
|2009||Motorcycle: Art on the Road to Good and Evil, Deland Museum of Florida Art, USA|
|"1" Group Exhibition, Slow Gallery, Melbourne, Florida, USA|
|Torn, 321 Agency, Melbourne, Florida, USA|
Group Exhibitions (Selection)
|2013||Gonzo, with TAG Galleries, Baltimore, USA|
|Vanguard, Thinkspace Gallery, USA|
|2012||Wild at heart, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USA|
|Synergy, Thinkspace Gallery/Spoke Art San Francisco, USA|
|2011||Torn and Tattered, 3 person show, Thinkspace gallery, USA|
|Lax/PDX at Together gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA|
|Torn, Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, USA|
|Chemistry, Egad! Art Lab, Melbourne, USA|
|2010||Robot Love, Brevard Art Museum, Melbourne, USA|
|London Miles Gallery, 40. London, UK|
|Love Conquers All, Thinkspace, USA|
|Re:form School produced by REDU, New York City, USA|
|Thinkspace 5th Anniversary Show, USA|
|Elliot Fouts Gallery, group invitational, Sacramento, USA|
|Gallery Provocateur, Chicago, USA|
|Manifest Equality, group show by Yosi Sergant and Apple Via, USA|
|2009||Parlor gallery Memento Mori, Asbury Park, USA|
|Déjà vu, Slow gallery, Melbourne, USA|
|Manifest Hope, Irvine Contemporary, Washington DC, USA|
|2008||Sublime of the Times, Melbourne, USA|
|The Fine Line, 321 Agency, Melbourne, USA|
|2007||Urban Supervision, Imago Gallery, Melbourne, USA|
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