DERICK MELANDER

“Atmosphere”(landscape), 2019, 8′ x 2′ x 2′, Materials: Second-hand clothing, wood and steel, copyright Derick Melander

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Derick Melander was born in Saratoga Springs, NY. In 1985 Derick earned his Associate Degree in Communications from Elizabeth Seton College in Yonkers, NY where he studied radio and film production.

In 1994 he earned his B.F.A. from The School of Visual Arts, NYC.

Derick Melander creates large, geometric sculptures from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing. He sorts the garments by hue, color, value, or intensity and arranges them to create patterns and gradients. These works often take the form of columns, walls and enclosures, typically weighing between eight hundred pounds and two tons.

“As clothing wears, fades, stains and stretches, it becomes an intimate record of our physical presence. It traces the edge of the body, defining the boundary between the self and the outside world.

For me, the process of sorting, folding and stacking the individual garments adds a layer of meaning to the finished piece. When I come across a dress with a hand-sewn repair, a coat with a name written inside the collar or a garment that reminds me of someone I know, the work starts to feel like a collective portrait. As the layers of clothing accumulate, the individual garments are compressed into a single mass, a symbolic gesture that explores the conflicted space between society and the individual, a space that is ceaselessly broken and re-constituted”.

Derick has shown internationally at Starstreet Precinct, Hong Kong, the YIA Art Fair, Paris, France, de Warande in Turnhout, Belgium, Museum Rijswijk, The Hague, Netherlands and The Solyanka Gallery in Moscow, Russia.

Source: https://derickmelander.com/

Photos has been taken from the artist’s website and are covered by copyright

“You Are My Other Me” with the artist, 2019, 8′ x 2′ x 2′, Materials: Second-hand clothing, wood and steel, copyright Derick Melander

“Atmosphere (in case, detail)”, 2019, Photo by YC Lam, copyright Derick Melander

“Ceaselessly Broken and Reconstituted”, Approximate Size:7′ x 6′ x 6′, Weight:1,860 lbs.Materials:Second-hand clothing & wooden armature, copyright Derick Melander

“Ceaselessly Broken and Reconstituted-detail”, Approximate Size:7′ x 6′ x 6′, Weight:1,860 lbs.Materials:Second-hand clothing & wooden armature, copyright Derick Melander

“Ceaselessly Broken and Reconstituted-detail”, Approximate Size:7′ x 6′ x 6′, Weight:1,860 lbs.Materials:Second-hand clothing & wooden armature, copyright Derick Melander

“Trace”, 2016, 48″ x 38″ x 6″, Materials: Folded second-hand clothing, steel & wooden frame, Weight: Aprox. 200 lbs., copyright Derick Melander

“The Painful Spectacle of Finding Oneself”, 2010-11, Approximate Size:6’ x 1’ x 1’, Materials:Folded second-hand clothing, wood and steel, copyright Derick Melander. This workis licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

“Tollens-back view”, 2015, 10’ x 16’ x 9’, Weight:Approximately 1.5 tons., Materials: Second-hand clothing, antiquities, wooden armatureDescription: Installation for the Museum Rijswijk in The Hague, The Netherlands, copyright Derick Melander

“Tollens-front view”, 2015, 10’ x 16’ x 9’, Weight:Approximately 1.5 tons., Materials: Second-hand clothing, antiquities, wooden armatureDescription: Installation for the Museum Rijswijk in The Hague, The Netherlands, copyright Derick Melander

“Tollens-side view”, 2015, 10’ x 16’ x 9’, Weight:Approximately 1.5 tons., Materials: Second-hand clothing, antiquities, wooden armatureDescription: Installation for the Museum Rijswijk in The Hague, The Netherlands, copyright Derick Melander

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