Summer of 2017 the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art is featuring the creative works of Derrick Valasquez. A local Denver artist, Derrick was originally born in Lodi, California. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Ohio State University in 2008. He claims currently that his style is to work with manufactured and industrially engineered materials in a portrayal of natural force, affected by gravity and forced with tension pushing an object’s flexibility to a breaking point. He utilizes marine vinyl, masonite, hand-made half-scale 2x4s, plywood, and found objects to create his art and teases a psychological relation to their dimensions and conditions. Before this new style, he was creating and manipulating works that would constantly loop back on itself in a forward progression making an unclear outcome until one takes’ stock in the process leading up to the end product as a form of learning. He takes a visual representation of large two-dimensional and three-dimensional installations to a social outlook with the art as physical manifestations of the metaphors they represent. He’s a fan of height, stacking layers, and polished finishes depicting the multiple layers of meaning in materials – how they are used and manipulated.
The exhibit was minimalist when I visited on 8/5/17. It really didn’t convey his talent in my opinion. The exhibit was rather bland. I did find his “Obstructed Views” collection of photographs on property boundaries intriguing and new. But some of the material found objects were just pieces of architectural materials laying around. Not really my cup of tea. But to be fair and honest, I’m not a fan of contemporary or modern art. So perhaps I don’t get it. Therefore I possess a bias and don’t see what others are seeing. Rating: 3 stars of 5