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.