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Derek Stroup
updated: 06/29/2008
website: www.derekstroup.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
NOT NOW NOT NEVER
ONE TRICK PONY
HOPEFULLESS
YES YES YES
MY WIFE NOT NICE
Unrented Billboard #1
Unrented Billboard #2
Unrented Billboard #4
Unrented Billboard #9
Unrented Billboard #15
Substation:  Branchville, NJ
Substation:  Brooklyn Navy Yard
Substation:  Long Island City
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  architecture, conceptual, diagrammatic, landscape, text, urban, systems, consumer culture
 
 
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH by Derek Stroup
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Gouache/craft paper on Fabriano Cold Press
2007
30" x  22" 
NOT NOW NOT NEVER by Derek Stroup
NOT NOW NOT NEVER
Gouache/craft paper on Fabriano Cold Press
2007
22" x  30" 
ONE TRICK PONY by Derek Stroup
ONE TRICK PONY
Aluminum Paint, Graphite, Craft Paper on Fabriano Cold Press
2007
30" x  22" 
HOPEFULLESS by Derek Stroup
HOPEFULLESS
Graphite, Carft Paper on Fabriano Cold Press
2007
30" x  22" 
YES YES YES by Derek Stroup
YES YES YES
Gouache, Graphite on Fabriano Cold Press
2007
22" x  30" 
MY WIFE NOT NICE by Derek Stroup
MY WIFE NOT NICE
Gouache/craft paper on Fabriano Cold Press
2007
22" x  30" 
Unrented Billboard #1 by Derek Stroup
Unrented Billboard #1
Gouache on Museum Board
2005
5.9" x  9" 
Unrented Billboard #2 by Derek Stroup
Unrented Billboard #2
Gouache on Museum Board
2005
5.9" x  9" 
Unrented Billboard #4 by Derek Stroup
Unrented Billboard #4
Gouache on Museum Board
2005
5.9" x  9" 
Unrented Billboard #9 by Derek Stroup
Unrented Billboard #9
Gouache on Museum Board
2005
5.9" x  9" 
Unrented Billboard #15 by Derek Stroup
Unrented Billboard #15
Gouache on Museum Board
2005
5.9" x  9" 
Substation:  Branchville, NJ by Derek Stroup
Substation: Branchville, NJ
Ink on Fabriano Cold press
2002
22" x  30" 
Substation:  Brooklyn Navy Yard by Derek Stroup
Substation: Brooklyn Navy Yard
Ink on Fabriano Cold press
2002
22" x  30" 
Substation:  Long Island City by Derek Stroup
Substation: Long Island City
Ink on Fabriano Cold press
2002
22" x  30" 

Artist Statement
The recent text-based drawings are proposals for sculpture: large plywood letters cut out, painted and assembled quickly. Letters held together with wire or hinges. Loose, floppy language bending and sagging onto the floor. The sculptures create a physical encounter with language: experiencing the words as things for an instant before you see them as signs. The Unrented Billboard drawings are based on billboards seen from the car. These unrented signs pose a question: What does a sign do when you take the words away? Like the sound between stations on the radio, these empty billboards are signs that do not signify. Open air color field abstractions of commerical endeavor. These drawings are small, private renderings of big, public things.

Artist Bio / CV
Derek Stroup received his BA from Williams College and his MFA from the University of California, San Diego. His sculpture, photographs and paintings are in numerous public and private collections including The Contemporary Museum--Honolulu, Paul Allen/Art CollTrust, The Artist Book Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art--Chicago, Biograph, and elsewhere. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions nationally including The Museum of Contemporary Art--San Diego, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Quint Contemporary Art, Cirrus Gallery, PS 122, the Center Gallery at Fordham University, Roy Boyd Gallery, and A.M. Richard Fine Art in New York. He is the author of four artist’s books, Every Instance Removed (2008) Field Guide (2002) Rope Swing Manifesto (2004) and Candy (2006). His books are distributed through Printed Matter, Inc. in New York. He lives in New York.