Causation at Carrie Secrist Gallery can be found here.
2014 and earlier
5 Elements for Trying People, 2012
8 x 10 x 1 inches
Acrylic on wood panel and rock
Edition of 30 for Threewalls Spring 2012 edition of Community Supported Art.
This artwork was born out of an interest in the five great elements found throughout many spiritual traditions. The elements are interpreted here and represented by the color-coded wood pieces, black – earth, blue – water, red – fire, yellow –air and white – void or aether. This piece is intended to be a playful exercise in balancing elements and their energy forces that influence our lived realities. These elements prove to be trying, or a challenge as we navigate through our day-to-day existence. Any number of arrangements can be made and repeated over time. To complete the piece, a photo, letter, or any object can be placed in the center for contemplation. Additionally, a holder for burning incense is conveniently incorporated into the piece. The piece is meant to be an open space for anyone to create his or her own personalized ritual if desired.
Watch my predictions for Astro Space Party.
Derek Chan/ A Way Of Life at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 2010.
PhotographyMuseum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Photos by Nathan Keay
“This book is inspired by a desire to understand the indigenous people of the area, with emphasis on the Hopi Mesas, Navajo Territory, Black Mesa and Canyon De Chelly. I wanted to understand their optimism and unyielding ability to pursue a spiritual way of life. Despite centuries of oppression, foreign domination, lack of resources and trauma, descendants of North American tribes continue to hold on to their heritage and land rights.
My journey led me to ancient Hopi and Navajo villages, roads not usually traveled by non-tribal residents. The ink drawings collected in this book are a response and interpretation of myth, politics, landscape and the experiences of the indigenous people in the Four Corners region.”
Cosmology of Yard (in collaboration with Theaster Gates), 2010 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York, NY
In May, 2010, I was a resident artist and performer for artist Theaster Gates’ piece, Cosmology of Yard, at the Whitney Biennial. I and two other artists, Torkwase Dyson and Dara Epison, were given the freedom to reinvent Gates’ wood-clad Cosmos in the Whitney Sculpture Court. Over the course of three separate ten-day residencies we were given the challenge to reinterpret, expand, and respond to Gates’ installation. The Monastic Residencies in conjunction with Gates’ Cosmology of Yard were formed collaboratively out of a common interest in transforming space, bridging understanding, and challenging ideas of collaboration and creative ownership. The Monastic Residency, Counting Time, included a durational performance, works on paper, ink drawings, and temporary interventions to the space. Interventions were made to encourage audience participation and activate underused areas of the courtyard. The modular wooden boards were painted on and used as props for drawings and installations. They were also rearranged daily to change the flow of foot traffic and sight lines of visibility in the courtyard space.
Being/Becoming, 2010, Durational performance, gouache on paper, 100 x 110 inches
Bespoke robe designed by Irena Haiduk.
Additional images and writing can be found here.
2010 and earlier
Golden Age project space (2007 – 2011) founded by Martine Syms and Marco Kane Braunschweiler. These were formative years as a friend and artist of the space.
Read Martine Syms’ Art/21- “Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad At Sports/Interview” with me here.
Daily ink drawing project. Thirty and Eight with Aya Yamasaki presented at Golden Age.
Vega Estates project space curated by Roxane Hopper and Julie Rudder, provided earliest opportunities to show my work and be part of a community of artists in Chicago.