Derek Sullivan "Young Americans"

23 Apr - 12 Jun 2011

Derek Sullivan (campagnebeeld KIOSK). Image © Derek Sullivan
With Derek Sullivan and Jan De Cock, KIOSK has invited two artists who examine the history of contemporary art through their works. Both artists suggest that the interpretation of this history and its visual heritage is not a self-contained narrative, but always contains a new proposition.

Derek Sullivan (Toronto, 1976) makes drawings, gouaches and sculptural work in which he combines the visual aesthetics of American geometric abstraction, modernist design and graphic art with shapes and forms borrowed from the realm of conceptual art.
Sullivan’s characteristic large-format monochrome prints function as a backdrop for drawings and gouaches that combine geometric patterns and textual elements. Fascinated by artist’s books, Sullivan regularly publishes work, making ample use of the possibilities of print-on-demand.

'Young Americans', the title of his KIOSK show, refers to the exhibition catalogues the New York MoMA published during the 1950s, an age where the interest for contemporary American art peaked. Fragments from these catalogues are being reproduced as posters, and combine with drawings and the fan-shaped architecture of the KIOSK cabinet rooms to make up separate pages of an imaginary book.

Opening: Friday 22.04.2011, 20:00

Tags: Jan De Cock, Derek Sullivan