Derrick Velasquez is an artist from Lodi, California, now residing and working in Denver, Colorado. Velasquez primarily focuses on sculpture and installations exploring pattern and shape through the usage of different mediums such as wood and vinyl. Velasquez received his MFA at The Ohio State University in 2008, his BA in Studio Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004, and his BA in Art History also at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His most recent exhibitions include A Shade Away at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, IN, Obstructed View at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, CO, and Constant Denial at the Robischon Gallery also in Denver, CO.
In his show Obstructed View, Velasquez displays his vinyl and wood pieces as well as shows an interest in the modern use of moldings to emulate Victorian styled houses. He focuses on the molding patterns themselves and creates unique sculptures in the result. These sculptures point out the beauty in the furnishing patterns themselves when they are not associated with houses.
Velasquez’s interest in architecture and the city led him to explore ways to display architecture artistically through the medium of oil sticks on laser cut Xerox in his series Brutal World.
The exhibit Collectivity will investigate points of connection between artists from two internationally significant artist collectives based out of the Western United States – Hyperlink (Colorado) and Durden & Ray (Los Angeles) in two concurrent exhibits across two states.