DERICK MELANDER

ديريك ميلاندر/
Дерик Меландер

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I was born in Saratoga Springs, NY in 1964. My father was an abstract painter, known for combining unusual materials such as polystyrene foam, house paint, mirrored glass and contact paper. I often accompanied him to the studio and took ceramic and woodworking classes as well. After high school, I moved to Philadelphia where I worked as an assistant to the artist Jerry Goodman. During those years, I sang in a punk band and postered the streets with hand-printed graphics and poems. In 1987, I moved to New York City. I taught nursery school and signed a lease on my first studio, where I still plan and produce most of my work.

I earned my B.F.A. in 1994 from the School of Visual Arts, where I was the recipient of the Chairman’s Grant and had the opportunity to study with Roni Horn, Peter Halley, Alice Aycock and Donald Kuspit. A few years after graduating, I began a second career in advertising and I currently freelance as a user experience designer. In 2002, I began to exhibit more regularly and I co-founded the arts organization TAG Projects. As an organizer and curator, I produced 5 successful exhibitions. Since then, I’ve shown in New York at venues such as The Queens Museum or Art, The Katonah Museum, Black and White Gallery and Repetti. I have also shown at Carnegie Art Museum in California, the ADA Gallery in Virginia, the Soap Factory in Minnesota, as well as the Solyanka Gallery in Moscow.

In 2010 I was commissioned to do a special project with Friends Seminary School, NYC. I taught a workshop and folded 1,200 pounds of clothing with students, creating a monumental sculpture for the lobby. For a solo show at The University of Maryland, I created a 3 X 5 foot clothing stack on a wheeled base, enabling students to take the piece for daily walks around campus.

00 lbs. of carefully folded, second hand clothing, crisscrossed around a central spine.

Each article of clothing is categorized by relative value. The darkest clothing is placed at the bottom of the stack, while the lightest clothing is placed at the top.
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source: zupi

Derick Melander é um artista nova-iorquino que utiliza peças de roupas e acessórios diversos para criar suas esculturas. Impecáveis, as obras revelam o lado extraordinário de objetos aparentemente banais, reafirmando o poder de invenção da arte contemporânea.
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source: baude

El artista Derick Melander, nacido en Saratoga Springs (NY, USA), hijo de un pintor abstracto. Estudió en la School of Visual Arts de Nueva York y se dedicó desde hace más de 15 años al diseño publicitario posteriormente a la interacción y experiencia de usuario.

De forma paralela, influenciado por sus recuerdos de niñez de las obras de su padre, empezó una carrera artística de experimentación. Nos han encantado algunas de sus obras creadas en workshops junto con sus alumnos, unas grandes pilas de ropa plegada que crean formas impresionantes con mucha sensibilidad a la hora de aplicar los colores.