My work is an attempt to construct a language of structure that questions our physical and psychological interactions with industrially manufactured materials that exist in the spaces (both large and small) we inhabit. Through an investigative process, I project varying forces like gravity or tension on plywood, two by fours, Masonite, marine vinyl, acrylic, hardwoods and the human body in hopes of teasing out their obvious and sometimes less apparent qualities.
In my Untitled series of vinyl wall pieces I meticulously hand cut individual strips of marine vinyl and stack and accumulate them onto precut wooden forms. As a bookbinder the vinyl is a material I used as covers for hand bound soft cover journals. The form and process of the formalized wall pieces came from an every day practice of precutting enclosure straps for the journals and placing them on a screw on the wall. As these began to accumulate, I realized I was denying the intended surface of the vinyl and exposing the innards of the synthetic fabric. This creates a new flat surface that lacks the continuity of a sheet of fabric and becomes a construction of sophisticated and subtle color harmonies by way of hundreds of hand cut and layered strips. As number of the vinyl strips grows, the relationship of the visual structure slowly shifts – the vinyl no longer conforms to the shape of the wood form, but instead rounds out to a gentle curve.
Derrick Velasquez received his BA in Studio Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004 and his MFA in Sculpture from Ohio State University in 2008. His work has been exhibited at Volta Art Fair, New York City; the New Mexico Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe; the Arvada Center for the Arts, Colorado; Alter Space, San Francisco; the Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, Philadelphia. His works can be found in private and public collections: Metropolitan State University of Denver; Wellington Management LLC; Fidelity Investments; Colorado Convention Center; and more.