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Derek Meier's work focuses on material exchange, immediacy, visual play, and aesthetic dialogue. Deletion is a critical step in his creative process. He typically utilizes paint and mixed media collage elements and works very fast and instinctively on many different pieces at once so that the body of work grows together. From there Derek identifies and isolates the moments he found to be successful and deletes what he considers to be irrelevant. The deletion is often achieved by building small and large bodies of unmodulated color fields.
Resting these next to other fields allows him to create honest, sculptural lines and forms by pinching paint together. The way landscapes are constructed is something that informs many of his paintings: the different ways their visual space is carved up and shared between natural and man-made elements and their varying agendas. Derek Meier works to maneuver these spaces with soft narration and derelict symbols.
Oil & acrylic on canvas
36” x 56” (fused together diptych)