Derek Gores is a large-scale collage artist based out of Florida. He goes over his current show which is currently being featured at Scope Art Fair with Think Space Gallery and Aqua Art Miami.
Introduce yourself, what you do.
Derek Gores, collage artist from Florida. I recycle magazines and any paper goods I find, working quickly and intuitively to construct a new portrait or figure on canvas.
Talk about your upcoming show and what it is all about.
I’m in Miami for several shows this week: Scope Art Fair with Thinkspace Gallery, Aqua Art Miami as my own gallery, and a pop up event called ‘Slippery Catwalk’ at the P and B Hotel.
What was the inspiration behind your approach this time?
A few things. I’ve dig deeper into my Full Volume series, forming the same figure who seems to grow stronger with each piece. But made in different challenging spaces and colors. Full Volume Tokyo is the newest.
I’m also enjoying creating butterflies- always with the play of human interaction and hidden spaces in the image.
What has your past experiences been like with basel why do you enjoy it?
I like feeling the hunger in the galleries and the public. The smaller, raw shows are my favorite.
Describe the process of making a piece from beginning to end.
Usually: a photo shoot for starter spark or reference. Flipping through assorted colors and textures I save for future distractions. I get going with a simple drawing on canvas with a marker. I print out digital shapes and textures too. I throw myself challenges of texture or color or confusing spaces, sometimes taking away a recent go-to method, so the forming of the image is challenging and new. I build up with large pieces and eventually some smaller, sneaking up on the edges of the form. The smaller pictures and moments add a vertigo element that feels good to me.
how has your work changed or grown since we last talked.
Playing with wilder colors and more obscure tangents to add to the art. The butterflies started when I visited Vienna and in one day saw my favorite Klimt and Schiele paintings as well as the natural history museum there… The neutral presentations of the specimens gave me more to daydream about in the play between organic and scientific design.
What do you have planned for the future?
I’m on the cusp with new colors, and maybe 3d. Possibly a series where the characters interact with the elements and the feminist respect hits deity levels. 😉
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