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Derek Franklin

Portland, Oregon

Artist Statement

Throughout his practice, Derek Franklin consistently directs his distinct poetic and imaginative sensibility of the stage to think about the historical material conditions that structure everyday life, which the artist has described as “a theatre of survival, looking towards the way human rituals of care create interior spaces as a form of resistance against exterior forces of violence.” His multifaceted projects using paintings along with sculptural elements, draw loosely on constructivist theatre design, and uniquely places us in our own awkward humanness using unconventional materials, humor, and hope as a strategy for critique on the most quotidian of stages, that of the household.

What does one do to cope with violence that is both overt and invisibly woven into the structures of society? Franklin focuses on specific actions: the daily rituals that may include food and drink or the arrangement of flowers plucked from the garden.

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Derek Franklin's Portfolio

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Artist Biography

Derek Franklin is the Artistic Director of Converge 45 and director of SE Cooper Contemporary. Solo and two-person exhibitions include To Leave No Trace, (Williamson Knight, Portland), Standing Around Waiting to Inhale, (Anytime Department, Cincinnati) Eyes (Ditch Projects), Gray Minstrel (Carl and Sloan Contemporary, Portland), Mending Capers (Thierry Goldberg, New York), and Meditation Furniture for Ten Minute Breaks (Document, Chicago). Franklin's works have also been presented in exhibitions at Rawson Projects (New York), Soloway (New York), Y Gallery, (New York), Neter Gallery (Mexico City) Thierry Goldberg (New York), Andel31 (Copenhagen), Simone Subal Gallery (New York), Melanie Flood Projects (Portland), Performa Biennial (New York), and The Center for Creative Research (Oregon). Franklin is a former director at the artist-run space Soloway in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and his MFA from Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University.



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