Untitled (corner piece), 2017

Untitled (corner piece), 2017
Untitled (corner piece), 2017

Untitled (corner), 2017. This work is comprised of 3175.15 kilograms of carefully folded second hand clothing. The piece utilizes all the colors received. It is 2.1 meters tall and 1.8 meters wide. The overall shape is that of a thick, free-standing, corner partition. The color vertically transitions from dark to light and the back again. Inside the corner of the structure, shirt sleves, pant legs, ties etc.. emerge to form bridge-like apendages. These elements express the human need to make connections, and symbolize the idea that we are all one people. Relates to an early work seen Here

Drift, 2011

Drift (street view), 2011

Approximate Size:
8.5′ x 17′ x 8.5′ (H x W x D)

Materials:
5,000 pounds of second-hand clothing, wood & hardware

Description:
The clothing is sorted by color and arranged in the order of the spectrum. The piece starts and ends with blue, which forms the bottom and top layer, visible from inside the gallery. The clothing is rolled into whorls and layered, forming colorful striations viewable from the street. Both exposed cross-sections hover 12 inches before the storefront window. The design is inspired by the cross-section of a snowdrift.

This piece was created as a special project for the show: ”No Waste” at Columbia College, Chicago, IL. It would have never happened without the persistence of the curator Arti Sandhu and the gallery director Jennifer Murray. We had some hoops to jump through, one of them being the sourcing of 2.5 tons of clothing. USAgain, a national textile recycling company, rose to the occasion. Thanks to Rasham Grewal for believing in the project. Once we had the 2.5 tons, Columbia sent over an engineer and a fire warden. In the end, we got the green light, but not before they reinforced the gallery floor from w/in the basement. 4 days and about 50 helpers later (thanks Caroline Ross and Nicole Kurily!), the piece was done.

Drift Companion, 2011

Drift Companion, 2011

Approximate Size:
5′ x 5′ x 5′ (H x W x D)

Materials:
5,000 pounds of monochromatic second-hand clothing

© Derick Melander, 2012

Circuit, 2011

Circuit, 2011

Approximate Size:
5″ x 6.6″ x 10’ (H x W x D)

Materials:
Shoes, laces

Description:
33 pairs of shoes, daisy-chained together, forming an oval. One pair of shoes is removed, enabling the audience to literally “step up” and “close the loop”. While standing in the opening, the participant completes the oval. Every other lace is white, thus forming a dotted line, delineating this connectivity.

This piece was commissioned by TOMS Shoes. With every pair purchased, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. ONE FOR ONE.™ For more information visit TOMS.com

Galaxy, 2011

Galaxy, 2011

Approximate Size:
8″ x 32″ x 32″ (H x W x D)

Materials:
Scarves, thread, leather belts

Description:
60 scarves are sewn together, end-to-end and wound into a tight spiral. 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 reconstituted (Hegel).

This piece was commissioned by PAi

Paramount Apparel International, Inc (PAi) was founded in 1929, and has become a leading headwear, apparel and accessories designer and supplier to many channels of distribution in the United States and internationally. For more
information visit PAIfashion.com

Into the Fold, Friends, 2010

Into the Fold, Friends, 2010

Approximate Size:
8′ x 8′ x 2′ (H x W x D)

Materials:
Second-hand clothing, wood and steel

Description: As part of the Friends Seminary “Peace Week” celebration, I worked with parents and students to create an 8 x 8 foot clothing sculpture.

After a month, most of the clothing was sent to Haiti to support the relief effort.