Daily Archives: April 5, 2010

Derick Melander

Derick Melander


I create large geometric configurations from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing.  These structures take the form of wedges, columns, walls and enclosures, typically weighing between five hundred pounds and two tons.  Smaller pieces directly interact with the surrounding architecture.  Larger works create discrete environments.

As clothing wears, fades, stains and stretches it becomes an intimate record of our physical presence.  It traces the edge of the body, defining the boundary between the individual and the outside world. 

The clothing used for these works is folded to exact dimensions and attention is paid to the ordering of the garments.  For example, the sequence can relate to the way we layer the clothing we wear or the clothing can be sorted by color, gender or by the order that it was received.  Individual components are often connected together with shirt sleeves, pant legs and belts forming bridge-like appendages.

For me, the process of folding and stacking the individual garments adds a layer of meaning to the finished piece.  When I come across a dress with a hand-sewn repair, or a coat with a name written inside the collar, the work starts to feel like a collective portrait.  As the layers of clothing accumulate, the individual garments are compressed into a single mass, a symbolic gesture that explores the conflicted space between society and the individual, between the self and the outside world.

Press Quotes

“Derick Melander surprises with a stunning circular sculpture made of stacks of folded secondhand clothing.  It raises, in my mind, all kinds of questions about affluence, idealism, social mobility – the kind of things that clothes signify in our culture.”
-Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times, January 1, 2006

“The painstakingly folded and architecturally stacked works of Derick Melander form ramparts, coliseums, and rubble in a separate alcove of the exhibition.  Melander’s accompanying preparatory drawings suggest plans for structures made of stone and logs.  But when his plans are fleshed out, they are tenderly, interdependently built instead from cast-off clothing.  For Melander, these building components are amassed surrogates for society. 
-Deborah McLeod, Baltimore City Paper, December 13, 2006

“…The iconic work of the show is Derick Melander’s “Grasp II,” a partially open circle comprised of layers of stacked clothing over six feet high.  Peaks of denim, argyle, stripes and straps can be seen in an effort to express the dynamics of social networks and to define boundaries within relationships.  Given the size and character of this sculpture, along with its ability to interact with the viewer, it commands a captivating presence within the art space.”
-Geraldine E. Vincent, The Two River Times, December 23, 2005

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Scarp by Jarod Charzewski

Jarod Charzewski’s exhibition titled Scarp opened at the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art on September 5th 2008. This installation project encapsulates North America’s consumer culture which leads to overcapacity landfill sites.






A precise wooden and cardboard armature held up the 5000 articles of clothing.

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Adam Friedman

Mixed media paintings by Adam Friedman.

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adam friedman artist collage mixed media

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Brandi Strickland

Recent work by collage artist Brandi Strickland.

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Senegal unveils colossal statue amid criticism


(CNN) — Senegal on Saturday unveiled a colossal statue during a lavish ceremony amid reports of criticism over the monument's construction at a time when the western African nation is struggling financially.

The 164-foot structure — about a foot taller than the Statue of Liberty — shows the figures of a man, a woman and a child, arms outstretched, facing the Atlantic Ocean.

President Abdoulaye Wade says the statue, which he designed, is a monument to Africa's renaissance. Critics say the opulent copper structure is merely the product of the president's own self-indulgent vision and poor governance.

And though it dominates the skyline of Senegal's capital, Dakar, the monument falls far short of the president's claim that it is the world's largest. Several other statues are listed by multiple sources to be taller, including China's Spring Temple Buddha, which stands just under 420 feet.

Opposition group Benno Siggil Senegal called on the Senegalese people to "refuse to associate themselves with a fraudulent scheme designed to satisfy the fantasies of Abdoulaye Wade and to lay the foundations of dynastic reign of Wade on our country," according to the African Press Agency.

A spokeswoman for the president sought to downplay criticism Saturday, saying the statue — valued at roughly $20 million — was made possible by a land deal between Wade and North Korea, and that proceeds from the monument will benefit Senegalese children.

The statue is "an affirmation to be proud of Africa — to be proud to be black," said spokeswoman Gia Abrassart.

Other dignitaries in attendance at Saturday's ceremony, which coincided with the 50th anniversary of Senegal's independence, echoed that message.

"This renaissance statue is a powerful idea from a powerful mind," said the Rev. Jesse Jackson in remarks to the crowd of hundreds waving flags at the foot of the lighted monument. "This is dedicated to the journey of our ancestors, enslaved but not slaves."

Malawi President Bingu Wa Mutharika praised Wade for constructing a monument that represents Africa.

"This monument does not belong to Senegal," he said. "It belongs to the African people wherever we are."

North Korea, which made the statue's construction possible, also sent Wade a congratulatory message, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.

In exchange for the money to build the statue, North Korea received a piece of Senegalese land, Abrassart said.

The message from top North Korean official Kim Yong Nam "expressed belief that the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries would grow stronger in various fields in the future, too," according to KCNA.

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