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IntroductionABOUT THE WORK
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, USAExhibitions
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
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