Clothing Sculpture: You Are My Other Me, 2019

Statement

I create large geometric sculptures from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing. I sort the garments by hue, color, value, or intensity and arrange them to create patterns and gradients.

As clothing wears, fades, stains and stretches, it becomes an intimate record of our physical presence. I believe that clothing holds energy and carries a trace of the person who wore it. As the sculptures grow and the layers of clothing accumulate, the individual garments are compressed into a single mass. This symbolic gesture explores the ambiguity between the need to be an individual and the need to belong.

The clothing used for these works is folded to precise dimensions, stacked to minimize gaps and arranged to create visual harmony. Careful attention is paid to the ordering of the garments with even transitions in hue or the relative lightness/darkness. In some works, the sequencing is determined by the way clothing is typically layered on the body and/or material characteristics such as the texture, pattern or thickness.

For me, the process of sorting, folding and stacking the individual garments adds a layer of meaning to the finished piece. When I come across a dress with a hand-sewn repair, a coat with a name written inside the collar or a garment that reminds me of someone I know, the work starts to feel like a collective portrait. As the layers of clothing accumulate, 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 re-constituted.

Through these processes, I hope to engage the viewer and communicate the emotional resonance of second hand clothing.

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Biography

Derick Melander is a 3rd generation artist, born in Saratoga Springs, NY. In 1985 Derick earned his Associate Degree in Communications from Elizabeth Seton College in Yonkers, NY where he studied radio and film production. Shortly after graduation he moved to Philadelphia where he worked as an assistant to an artist, sang in a band and postered the streets with hand-printed graphics and poems.

In 1987, he moved to NYC where he taught nursery school and signed a lease on his first art studio. Derick earned his B.F.A. in 1994 from The School of Visual Arts, NYC where he was the recipient of the Chairman’s Grant and had the opportunity to study with Roni Horn, Peter Halley, Alice Aycock and Donald Kuspit. In 2002 he began to exhibit regularly and co-founded the arts organization TAG Projects. As an organizer and curator, he produced 5 successful exhibitions.

Derick Melander creates large, geometric sculptures from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing. He sorts the garments by hue, color, value, or intensity and arranges them to create patterns and gradients. These works often take the form of columns, walls and enclosures, typically weighing between eight hundred pounds and two tons.

He recently completed commissions for The Chapman Perelman Foundation, Eileen Fisher, Diesel and exhibited with David Klein Gallery, Detroit. He has shown extensively on the east coast with solo exhibitions at The University of Maryland and Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia. He created special projects for Scope, Miami, The City of San Francisco, Columbia College, Chicago and The City of New York.

Derick has shown internationally at Starstreet Precinct, Hong Kong, the YIA Art Fair, Paris, France, de Warande in Turnhout, Belgium, Museum Rijswijk, The Hague, Netherlands and The Solyanka Gallery in Moscow, Russia.

Derick’s work can be found in the following corporate collections:

  • American Eagle Outfitters, San Francisco
  • California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • The Chapman Perelman Foundation, NYC
  • Diesel Clothing Company, Breganze, Italy
  • Eileen Fisher, NYC
  • Levi Strauss & Co., San Francisco, CA
  • PAI Fashion, Washington DC
  • San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • Swire Properties, Hong Kong
  • Toms, Playa Del Rey, CA

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Selected Exhibitions

  • 4/2020 Artist in Residence, Fashion Institute of Technology, Pomerantz Center, 227 W 27th St, New York, NY
  • 10/2019 Solo Show, Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Heights, NY
  • 10/2019 Solo Show, Callicoon Art Walk, Pip-Squeak Chapeau, 35 lower Main Street, Callicoon, NY
  • 09/2019 Pop-up Open Studio/Exhibition with The Queens Council on the Arts, 35-59 82nd Street, Jackson Heights, NY
  • 07/2019 Public Art Commission, Central and Western District Council,
    30號 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
  • 06/2019 Solo Show, Love, Henry (now Public Swim), 105 Henry Street, NY, NY
  • 03/2019 Public Art Commission, Swire Properties,
    Wing Fung Street, 3 Pacific Place, Starstreet Precinct, Hong Kong
  • 11/2018 Commission, Chapman Perelman Foundation, Change Fashion, Urban Zen 705 Greenwich Street, New York, NY
  • 9/2018 3 Part Commission, Eileen Fisher, Brooklyn, Seattle & Detroit
  • 10/2017 Commission, Diesel, YIA Art Fair, Paris, France
  • 09/2016  “Window Installation” David Klein Gallery, 1520 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI
  • 09/2016  “Derick Melander” Tyler School of Art, Temple University 2001 North 13th Street Philadelphia, PA
  • 12/2015  “The Lost Mitten” The Left Bank Gallery, 24 Linden St., Geneva, NY, Curated by Gabriella D’Angelo
  • 05/2015 “Rijswijk Textile Biennial 2015” Museum Rijswijk, Herenstraat 67, Rijswijk, The Hague, Netherlands, Curated by Anne Kloosterboer
  • 03/2015 “Aandacht! Aandacht!”, de Warande, Warandestraat 42, Turnhout, Belgium, Curated by Annelies Nagels
  • 03/2014 “Soft”, The Center for Contemporary Art, 2020 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster, NJ, Curated by Wes Sherman
  • 01/2014 “Zero Waste”, American Eagle Outfitters/I:CO/City of San Francisco (press event and store installation), 865 Market St #148, San Francisco, CA
  • 09/2013 ”Debris Field”, Castle Gallery at The College of New Rochelle,
    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY, Curated by Lisa Dahl
  • 12/2012 “Flux Factory’s 2012 Not-So-Silent Auction” 79 Walker Street, New York, NY, curated by Christina Vassallo
  • 01/2012 “Textility”, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm St., Summit, NJ, Curated by Mary Birmingham and Joanne Mattera
  • 04/2011 ”Greening the Fashion Industry”, NRDC, (commission),
    The Colonial Club, 564 Park Avenue, New York, NY
  • 03/2011 ”Zero Waste”, Columbia College, (special project), A & D Gallery, 615 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL, Curated by Arti Sandhu
  • 02/2011 ”Derick Melander”, The Show, (comission with PAI & Tom’s Shoes), Mandaly Bay, Las Vegas, NV
  • 10/2010 “Derick Melander”, University of Maryland, (solo),
    Campus Dr & Union Ln, College Park, MD, curated by Jackie Milad
  • 02/2010 Friends Seminary School, (commission), 222 East 16th St., New York, NY
  • 02/2010 ”Scope, Miami”, with ADA Gallery, 228 West Broad St., Richmond, VA
  • 12/2009 ”Homesick”, Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C Street, Oxnard, CA, Curated by Trujillo/Paumier
  • 10/2009 ”System:System”, Saint Cecilia Parish, 21 Monitor St., Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Adam Henry and Christina Vassallo
  • 10/2009 ”October”, Vox Populi Gallery, (solo, guest artist gallery),
    319 North 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA, Curated by Sam Farnsworth
  • 07/2009 “Green Brooklyn…Green City”, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY, Special project with Council on Environment of New York City
  • 07/2009 “Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor in Contemporary Art”,
    Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY, Curated by Barbara Bloemink
  • 05/2009 ”Derick Melander & Sarah Trigg”, ADA Gallery, 228 West Broad St., Richmond, VA
  • 01/2009 ”Queens International”, Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY, Curated by Jose Ruiz and Erin Sickler
  • 01/2009 “Immaterial”, Black and White Gallery, 636 West 28th St., Ground Floor, New York, NY
  • 11/2008 ”Scope, Miami”, (special project), with ADA Gallery, 228 West Broad St., Richmond, VA
  • 11/2008 “Silent Auction & Project Space Finalists”, Black and White Project Space, 483 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn, NY
  • 07/2008 ”Of the Cloth”, The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, 20 3rd Ave., Long Branch, NJ, Curated by Douglas Ferrari
  • 05/2008 ”The One and the Many”, Repetti Gallery, 44-02 23rd St., L.I.C.,
    New York, NY
  • 12/2007 ”Art Now, Miami”, with Repetti Gallery,44-02 23rd St., L.I.C.,
    New York, NY
  • 12/2007 ”Shift (re-mix)”, Gallery Aferro, 73 Market Street, Newark, NJ,
    Curated by Erik Guzman
  • 11/2007 ”Site Matters: Brooklyn Represents” (film program),
    Brooklyn Arts Council, 55 Washington St., Brooklyn, NY,
    Curated by Lauren Schell & Julie McKim
  • 09/2007 ”Host”, The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, MN,
    Curated by Elizabeth Grady, the Whitney Museum
  • 03/2007 ”Imagined Worlds” (w/ Smudge Studio), LMCC, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY., Curated by Jeanne Gerrity
  • 02/2007 ”Red Dot, New York”, with Repetti Gallery, 44-02 23rd St., L.I.C.,
    New York, NY
  • 01/2007 ”Alter & Circulate”, Mickey’s Blue Room, 171 Avenue C, New York, NY
  • 11/2006 Commission for large-scale cut paper mural, Jack (restaurant),
    80 University Place, New York, NY
  • 10/2006 ”Laminae”, Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College,
    1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD, Curated by Jackie Milad
  • 09/2006 ”Growing Up in Public”, Repetti Gallery, 44-02 23rd Street,
    Long island City, NY, Curated by Rossana Martinez
  • 03/2006 ”O”, The Berrie Center, Ramapo College, 505 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah, NJ, Curated by Christina Vassallo and Matt Fisher
  • 12/2005 ”(t)here. New York”, Solyanka Gallery, Solyanka Ulitsa ½, Moscow, Russia, Curated by Alexandra Lerman
  • 11/2005 ”O”, The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, 20 3rd Ave.,
    Long Branch, NJ, Curated by MatCh-Art
  • 08/2005 ”Derick Melander / Lyon Smith”, Diamonds & Oranges, 156 1st Ave., New York, NY
  • 02/2005 ”Bound_less” The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway, a conceptual group show created by Jan Christensen
  • 12/2004 ”Spectra”, Project Creo, The Pier, 3rd Fl., 800 2nd Ave. N.E.,
    St. Petersburg, Fl
  • 12/2004 ”Postcards From the Edge”, Visual AIDS, (at Brent Sikkema)
    526 W. 26th St., New York, NY
  • 04/2004 ”Art Star/Sausage Factory”, Debs & Co, 525 W. 26th St., New York, NY
  • 12/2003 ”Night of 1,000 Drawings”, Artists Space, 38 Greene St., New York, NY
  • 12/2003 ”What The Whitney Don’t Know”, TAG Projects, 70 Washington St., Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
  • 10/2003 ”Works On Paper”, 800 Gallery, 70 Washington St., Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
  • 10/2003 ”Small Works”, Jason Silva, 163 Carlton Ave., Brooklyn, NY
  • 08/2002 ”Visions International”, Art Center Waco, Waco, TX, Juror: Peter Frank
  • 10/1996 ”Leaves of Grass” (performance): 8 evenings at Theater on Three, New York, NY
  • 10/1995 Group Show, The Living Arts Gallery, Chrystie St., New York, NY, Curated by Gina Campinella
  • 07/1995 Group Show, Campenella Gallery, Berry St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
  • 05/1994 ”Leda the Swan” – Survey, School of Visual Arts Gallery, 17th St., New York, NY
  • 05/1993 ”Product Poems” – Survey, School of Visual Arts Gallery, 17th St., New York, NY
  • 05/1991 ”The Small Works Show”, Washington Square East Galleries, New York, NY, Curated by Arnie Glimcher

Publications

2019, English
  • 03/20/19 RTHK Radio (live radio interview), James Ross, “Derick Melander – Central & Western District Festival”
  • 03/21/19 Hive Life (feature), Christy C, “Fashioning Art from Old Clothes”
  • 03/22/19 Home Journal (feature), Cherry Lai, “New York Artist Derick Melander Turns Old Clothing Into Stunning Towers of Art”
  • 03/27/19  Hong Kong Heartbeat (round up), Keilem Ng, “Eco Art Basel”
2019 Chinese
  • 03/20/19 Fine Door (feature), Lin Guocai, “當藝術家在堆疊這些布料時,喚醒公眾對於廢棄紡織品及世界事物「可持續性」的反省”
  • 03/27/19 ULifestyle, (feature) Deng Dazhi, “太古星街藝展民生”
  • 04/08/19 Position News (feature), Zeng Jiahui, “觀中環街頭的回收衣物藝術品 知否知否香港現時氣氛如何”
  • 03/18/19 Near Snake (feature), Editorial Desk, “星街小區:”You Are My Other Me” 大型環保藝術裝置”
  • 12/02/18 Textielplus.nl, Dorothé Swinkels, “Blikvangers”
  • 10/23/18 Visual Arts Journal, (feature) Diana McClure, “Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose: Making Sculpture with Nontraditional Materials”
  • 08/22/18  The Bridge, (feature) Sara Lieberman, “Eileen Fisher Opens Her First Brooklyn Shop: Making Space..”
  • 08/22/18  The Current, Daily, (feature) Bia Bezamataugust, “Eileen Fisher Concept Store..”
  • 08/21/18  WWD, (feature) Sharon Edelson, “Experience Matters..”
  • 10/20/17  Technikart Magazine, (feature) Gilles Petipas, “Diesel Auction..”
  • 09/24/16  Detroit Art Review, (feature) Sarah Rose Sharp, “Domestic Transcendence”
  • 06/16/16  Brutus Magazine, (feature) Momoko Ikeda
  • 05/09/15  Rijswijkj Textiel Biennial, 2015, (catalogue) Frank van der Ploeg
  • 05/01/15  Textielplus.nl, (feature) Dorothé Swinkels, “Kleren als bouwstenen”
  • 08/19/15  Artlyst, (review) Joe Lewis “Playing With Space in Time”
  • 08/20/12  The River Reporter, (feature), “Above the Fold: A Conversation with Artist Derick Melander”
  • 09/01/12 Surface Design Journal (review) Patricia Malarcher, “Textility”
  • 02/07/12  Coolture Magazine, (feature), “Moda Al Servicio Del Arte, Art a Porter”
  • 01/01/12  Visual Arts Center of NJ, (catalogue), “Textility”
  • 12/13/11  Source4Style, (review), “Waste-less Fashion, an exploration in zero waste design philosophy”
  • 05/03/11  Complex Magazine, (feature), “Show Stoppers”
  • 03/16/11  Textile Arts Center, (feature) Owyn Ruck, “Zero-Waste Goes Installation : Derick Melander”
  • 03/04/11  ABC7 Chicago, (video/review) Hosea Sanders, “Columbia College teaches sustainable fashion”
  • 03/01/11  Vogue, Korea, (feature)
  • 03/01/11  Ruby – Otherworldliness, (book), Irana Douer, Gestalten
  • 03/01/11  Derick Melander – Selected Works 2005 – 2010, (catalogue), University of Maryland, Stamp Gallery
  • 09/02/10  GQ Style, (feature), Russia, Autumn-Winter 2010/11, with a photo by David Rinella
  • 05/14/10  Ruby Magazine, (feature), Issue #43
  • 05/03/10  Juxtapoz Magazine, (feature), Katie Zuppann, “Recycling Clothes with Derick Melander”
  • 01/20/10  Trend Hunter Magazine, (feature), Megan Young, “Old Clothes as Art”
  • 09/04/09  Brooklyn Daily Eagle, (interview), Sarah Tobol, “Creating Sculpture Out of Old Clothes”
  • 08/21/09  The New York Times, (review), Benjamin Genocchio, “All Dressed Up at the Katonah Museum of Art”
  • 08/12/09  The Huffington Post, (review), Barbara Bloemink, “Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor”
  • 08/09/09  WNET, (review), Christina Ha, “SundayArts News for 8/9/09”, “Dress Codes”
  • 08/03/09  The New York Times, (review), Maura Egan, Style, “One Size Doesn’t Fit All”, “Dress Codes”
  • 07/12/09  Katonah Museum of Art, (catalogue), Barbara Bloemink, “Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor”
  • 03/04/09  Saatchi Online, (review), Will Corwin, “Will Corwin’s Top 10 Shows in NY”, “Flesh of My Flesh” at QI4
  • 01/27/09  The New York Times, (review), Holland Cotter, Art in Review, “Queens International 4”
  • 01/27/09  The New Yorker, (review), Goings on about town, “Queens International 4”
  • 01/27/09  NPR/WNYC, (review), WNYC Newsroom, “Queens International”, with Carolina Miranda from C-Monster.net
  • 01/23/09  New York 1, Stephanie Simon, “Queens Museum Of Art Unveils Its Fourth Biennial”, review and video interview for “Queens International 4”
  • 01/01/09  “Queens International 4”, (catalogue), Queens Museum of Art
  • 01/20/09  Starved Magazine, (review), “Noteworthy Openings”, “imMATERIAL”
  • 01/11/09  ArtSlant.com, Alison Levy, (review),”Clothes Encounter”, “imMATERIAL”
  • 12/10/08  ArtCal: The Zine/Culture Pundits, (review), Brent Burket, “…on Miami 2008, Part I”, Scope Miami
  • 12/04/08  Riptide2.0, The Miami New Times Blog, (review), Natalie O’Neill, “Scope International”, Scope Miami
  • 01/15/08  Harriet, The Poetry Foundation, (feature), Kenneth Goldsmith, “Designer Label Poetry”, “Nomad”
  • 11/07/07  Soap Factory, (interview), Bob Fagerhaugh, video created in conjunction with “Host” exhibition
  • 09/15/07  Art Review & Preview, (review), Colleen Maynard, “A Short History of Twin Cities Art”, “Host”
  • 02/28/07  Artinfo.com, (review), “Fair Report: The Good, the Bad and the Armory”, “Nomad” at Red Dot, NY
  • 12/13/06  Baltimore City Paper, (review), Deborah McLeod, “The Layers Club”, “Laminae”
  • 01/01/06  The New York Times, (review), Benjamin Genocchio, “Exploring the Circle From Every Angle”, “O”
  • 08/20/05  JamesWagner.com, (review), James Wagner, “Diamonds and Oranges in the East Village”, at “Diamonds & Oranges”
  • 08/19/05  Bloggy, (featured listing), Barry Hogard, “Diamonds & Oranges”,
  • 09/01/04  NY Arts Magazine, (review of show organized for TAG Projects), Christina Vassallo, “All’s Fair in Art and Politics”, “Death to the Fascist Insect that Preys on the Life of the People”
  • 06/25/04  The New York Times, (review of show organized for TAG Projects), Holland Cotter, “Death to the Fascist Insect that Preys on the Life of the People”
  • 08/01/02  Art Center Waco, (catalogue), “Visions International”
  • 08/04/99  The Village Voice, (feature on “Record Club”), Sarah Schmidt, “Studio Recording”, Story about Record Club, a listening club I have co-organized with since 03/98

Curatorial Projects

  • 11/2018 “Reservoir” (curated), The Apple Barn, 51 Creamery Road, Callicoon, New York 
  • 01/2007 ”Alter & Circulate“ (produced & curated), Mickey’s Blue Room,
    171 Avenue C, New York, NY, with TAG Projects
  • 09/2006 ”Growing Up in Public” (produced with TAG Projects), Repetti, 44-02 23rd Street, 4th Floor, Long island City, NY
  • 06/2004 ”Death to the Fascist Insect that Preys on the Life of the People” (produced & co-curated), TAG Projects, 70 Washington St., Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
  • 12/2003 ”What The Whitney Don’t Know” (produced & co-curated), TAG Projects, 70 Washington St., Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
  • 10/2003 ”Dumbo Paper Show” (marketing & sales), Mettle, 70 Washington St., Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 

Grants/Awards/Speaking Engagements

  • 07/2019 “Spend The Night” (artist talk), The Great Room, 23/F, One Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
  • 05/2017 “JH Artist Talks: Jennifer Williams and Derick Melander”, Espresso 77, Jackson Heights, NY
  • 11/2015 “The Lost Mitten” Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY, visiting artist project and lecture
  • 06/2010 ”Babel”, Artists Talk, Space 37, 86-08 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY
  • 11/2008 Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Artist Residency,
    801 Third Corso, Nebraska City, NE
  • 09/2006 ”Queens Artist Collectives”,
    (presentation regarding TAG Projects),
    Hell Gate Social, 12-21 Astoria Blvd, Queens, NY
  • 08/2002 Third Place Award, Visions International, Art Center Waco, Waco TX
  • 11/1991 Recipient of Chairman’s Grant, School of Visual Arts, N.Y., NY

Education

  • 1991-94 Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY,
    Majored in sculpture. Studied Under: Roni Horn, Peter Halley, Alice Aycock, Jackie Winsor, Paul Waldman, Stephen Westfall and Donald Kuspit.
  • 1983-85 Associate Degree in Communications, Seton College, Westchester, NY. Majored in film and radio. Also: acting and music programming.

UX Design Portfolio

I have worked as a user experience designer alongside being an artist for most of my adult life. I’d love to share this work with you, but alas, non-disclosure agreements do not allow for it.

BUT If you are a recruiter or hiring manager, please contact me for the credentials.

Here is a screengrab of a recent project I developed in the Sketch Ap environment:

Sketch Environment

Below is my UX Bio:

I am a user experience lead/researcher and an expert in visual communication. I have a wealth of experience and have worked on a broad base of projects.

I’m valued for developing actionable strategy, defining complex functionality and designing/executing user research. I’ve received 2 IAC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Internet Advertising.  

My recent accomplishments include the creation of a lean testing product for LiveArea. While there I focused on eCommerce and redesigned the storefronts of The Dallas Cowboys, and Aaron’s. While at Area17, I oversaw a full redesign for The New England Journal of Medicine. While at Originate, I lead the product design/UX of a chat POC for Prudential. At Saranko I re-architected the Amex Membership Rewards Portal and lead several other e-commerce initiatives. While at Rebellion Design, I created interactive prototypes for EMC. At Infusion, I created apps for the 9/11 Memorial Foundation, Benjamin Moore, BHP Billiton and a retail “virtual host” for Samsung. At frog, I re-architected the Ernst & Young intranet, the largest, global SharePoint Deployment to date.