Derrick sent me an email yesterday asking me to take a look at his work. I was instantly drawn to his text abstractions. I have always liked artwork on a large scale, Derrick works in (4′ x 4′ to 9′ x 9′). The balance of visual and tactile texture mixed with a graphic element such as text makes for a very cool piece of modern art. More of Derrick’s work after the jump.
In these paintings, I have literally projected text on to the canvas in an enlarged diary form. These snippets of personal narrative have been abstracted through color patterns and text distortion. Despite the scale, visibility and appeal of color, the abstractions are meant to obstruct. It gets between the audience and the story much like the way romanticism; ego and drama tend to taint our recollections.