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Guest curator: Derek Gores  Melbourne, FL artist


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About Derek


In his wild collage portraits, Derek Gores recycles magazines, labels, data, and assorted found analog and digital materials to create the works on canvas. The Rhode Island School of Design graduate was honored to have his work selected for the Manifest Hope DC exhibit coinciding with the Presidential Inauguration in 2009, and in 2010 he was named “One of the 40 important artists of the New Contemporary Movement”, while in an exhibition in London. Gores’ design clients include Grey Goose, Dwell, Lincoln Motor Co., ESPN, Lenny Kravitz, Lucasfilm, Kings of Leon, U2, Adidas, Madonna, Harley Davidson, Standard Collective, the National Football League, LiveNation, New England Journal of Medicine, Nokia and more.


Derek's selections


Joshua Petker

Los Angeles, CA

"German expressionism meets the special Crayola box with the fluorescent colors. I'm drawn to the hints of a story, and the harsh, deconstructed beauty."

Mac

Los Angeles, CA

"Luscious mark-making grabbed me first. In an ocean of figurative and portrait artists, Mac manages to bring something ethereal and moving and new."

Michael Murphy

Brooklyn, NY

"Michael's work can take any form- often focusing on one sense at a time. His installations tap into primal, kid-like reactions. Michael is incredibly generous with his ideas, teachings, and energy, and it shows in his art."

Joel Daniel Phillips

San Francisco, CA

"I got to spend a few days getting to know Joel personally. His life size portraits are gorgeous and gentle observations honoring everyday special human beings."

Hush

London, UK

"He is clearly enthralled with much of the same stuff I am. Mystery, sensory confusion, and strong beauty from a messy chaos. Probably my favorite street artist."

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