Derek Meier

My work over the past decade has been focused on material exchange,
immediacy, visual play and aesthetic dialogue.

 

Deletion is a critical step in my creative process. I typically utilize paint and
mixed media collage elements and work very fast and instinctively on many
different pieces at once so that the body of work grows together. From there I
identify the things I found to be successful and delete what I consider to be
irrelevant. The deletion is often achieved by building small and large bodies of
unmodulated color fields. Resting these next to other fields and shapes allows
me to create honest, sculptural lines by pinching paint together. From this I can
start to realize the painting’s identity.

 

The way landscapes are constructed is something that informs many of my
paintings: the different ways their visual space is carved up and shared between
natural and man-made elements and their varying agendas. I have a habit of
using derelict symbols and crude geometry within these spaces, revealing subtle
narrative clues.

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