Visiting Artist Lecture at Fashion Institute of Technology

Clothing Folding Demo

March 11th, 5:00-6:30 PM
Katie Murphy Amphitheater, 
The Pomerantz Center,
227 W 27th St, NY, NY 10001

Night Sky - Portrait
Night Sky – Portrait

I’m excited to be kicking off two projects with FIT this spring! I’ll be presenting a visiting artist lecture and working as an artist in residence.

I hope you can come to the lecture on March 11th from 5:00-6:30 PM. I’ll tell you how I came to focus on second-hand clothing, I’ll review key projects and I’ll share some entertaining case studies.

Folding

A week-long artist in residence project (AIR@FIT) will kick off on April 13th. I’ll be collaborating with students and faculty to create a context-aware, experimental new work. I’ll be in The Studio (D223), a glass box that juts out over the lobby of the Pomerantz Center at Seventh Avenue at 27th Street. 


Please follow along on Instagram if you would like to see things unfold or come by and observe from the lobby below.


New Collector Spotlight

Last month I delivered 3 drawings to Gregory Patterson (two of which are below). In case you don’t know, he’s a celebrity hairstylist and overall beauty expert. You might have caught him on Project Runway years back or seen his recent work for Sally Beauty.

“The pieces instantly struck me, I saw myself, and my life’s journey in them. I saw my childhood, my college years, and the man I have become today”

Gregory Patterson

These works were produced during my pop-up open studio in Queens this past fall, made possible with a grant from The Queens Council on the Arts.
A few are still available, please let me know if you are interested.

Press Round-Up (English), 2019

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 (Art Basel survey), Keilem Ng, “Eco Art Basel”

Press Round-Up (Chinese), 2019

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”

Untitled 6 (aggregate), 2019

Clothing Rubbing: Untitled 6 (aggregate), 2019

This crayon rubbing was produced during a pop-up open studio in Queens. The project was made possible with a grant from The Queens Council on the Arts. 

Approximate Size:
30″ x 30″ (H x W)

Materials:
Wax & Watercolor Crayon on Drafting Film, Saddle Stitched to museum board

More about this in the Journal.

Untitled 5 (plan), 2019

Clothing Rubbing: Untitled 5 (plan), 2019
Untitled 5 (plan), 2019
Untitled 5 (plan), 2019

I created this rubbing by cutting the seams out of non-wearable clothing and arranging the scraps on a table. It was produced during a pop-up open studio in Queens that was open to the public every day for one month. The project was made possible with a grant from The Queens Council on the Arts. 

Approximate Size:
30″ x 30″ (H x W)

Materials:
Wax & Watercolor Crayon on Drafting Film, Saddle Stitched to museum board

More about this in the Journal.

Untitled 3 (Layers, Onesie), 2019

Clothing Rubbing: Untitled 3 (Layers, Onesie), 2019
Untitled 3 (Layers, Onesie), 2019
Untitled 3 (Layers, Onesie), 2019

I laid these garments on top of each other, from large to small. The arrangement references growth and the passing of time. It was produced during a month-long pop-up open studio in Queens. The project was made possible with a grant from The Queens Council on the Arts. This work is in the collection of Gregory Patterson. 

Approximate Size:
30″ x 48″ (H x W)

Materials:
Wax & Watercolor Crayon on Drafting Film, Saddle Stitched to museum board

More about this in the Journal.

Untitled 1 (blue shirt daisy chain), 2019

Clothing Rubbing: Untitled 1 (blue shirt daisy chain), 2019
Untitled 1 (blue shirt daisy chain), 2019
Untitled 1 (blue shirt daisy chain), 2019

This crayon rubbing was made by buttoning four men’s shirts together, in a daisy-chain fashion. They were then laid out on a table and covered with a sheet of drafting film. I then used wax and encaustic crayons to create the rubbing. It was produced during a pop-up open studio in Queens. The project was made possible with a grant from The Queens Council on the Arts. 

Approximate Size:
30″ x 60″ (H x W)

Materials:
Wax & Watercolor Crayon on Drafting Film, Saddle Stitched to museum board

More about this in the Journal.

You Are My Other Me, 2019

Clothing Sculpture: You Are My Other Me, with Artist, 2019
You Are My Other Me, with Artist, 2019
You Are My Other Me, with Artist, 2019
You Are My Other Me, in City Scape, 2019
You Are My Other Me, in City Scape, 2019

This piece was commissioned by Swire Properties for Starstreet Precinct, in conjunction with Art Basel, Hong Kong. The sculpture was installed on a raised platform, in a glass case with integrated lighting. Swire Properties partnered with the NGO Redress to hold a three-week clothing drive at 20 locations in the Precinct. The sculpture was made with these donations to symbolically and socially bring people together around the idea of sustainability.

Size: 
8′ x 2′ x 2′ (H x W x D)

Materials:
Second-hand clothing, wood and steel.

Untitled 4 (yellow glow), 2019

Clothing Rubbing: Untitled-4-Yellow-Glow-2019-1300-3

While looking a bit like an x-ray or rayograph, this drawing is a crayon rubbing. It was made possible by a grant from The Queens Council on the Arts. This work is in the collection of Gregory Patterson, NY

Approximate Size:
30″ x 30″ (H x W)

Materials:
Wax, oil stick & Watercolor Crayon on Drafting Film, Saddle Stitched to museum board

More about this in the Journal.

Untitled 2 (red/blue double), 2019

Clothing Rubbing: Untitled-2-Red-Blue-Double-T-2019-1300-2-1

This work shows the layering of t-shirts, like growth rings. They are distinct and overlapping at the same time. It was produced during a pop-up open studio in Queens. The project was made possible with a grant from The Queens Council on the Arts. This work is in the collection of Gregory Patterson, NY

Approximate Size:
30″ x 30″ (H x W)

Materials:
Wax & Watercolor Crayon on Drafting Film, Saddle Stitched to museum board

More about this in the Journal.

September Pop-up Art Studio, Open to the Public

Clothing Rubbing: Group Blocks: Study in wax crayon, 2019
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To Live is to Leave Traces takes place in a storefront art studio, open to the public, in the heart of Jackson Heights. Below is the proposal I submitted to The Queens Council of The Arts to receive the grant: During the month of September, the artist will: 

– Create a dozen new works, extending his practice.

– Actively engage with local organizations (eg. The 82nd Street BID, The Renaissance School).

– Encourage passers-by to come in and provide feedback.

– Invite guest artists to work alongside him.

– Host weekly events in the evening. 

– Strive to be collaborative and inclusive.

He hopes that this project will strengthen the creative fabric of his community. At the end of the pop-up, the resulting work will be exhibited at Espresso 77, a local cafe. 

Addresses

Open Studio: 35-59 82nd St., Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Exhibition: Espresso 77, 35-57 77th St, Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Dates and Times

Open Studio: September 4th-September 30, M-F 8am-6pm

Exhibition: October 23rd-November 26th 

Exhibition Reception: October 25th, 5-8