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Untitled 237, 2019

Sculpture

Vinyl and maple

30.00 x 26.00 x 1.00 in

76.2 x 66.0 x 2.5 cm

Unique Work

Not signed

PRICE: $4,600
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    About The Work

    Velasquez’s resonating lexicon of repeated bands of color – in both the vivid and monotone – may at first appear as emblems to high Modernist abstraction. His untitled wall sculptures – a well-known series at the center of the artist’s practice – signal the doctrines of geometric painting with their decisive color transitions, smoothness of surface and geometric totality. The sculptures’ elegant curvilinear forms are manifested by draping myriad strips of industrially-manufactured vinyl – a process and material selection that in turn, wittingly and softly circumvents the rules dictated by hard-edge abstraction.

    Through the meditative, at times quiet lulling of layered bands, the sculptures give way to a humanized character, mimicking the manner that a body may lay in repose, draped over the arm of a couch, or tendons over bone. The curvature softens as it builds from the sculpture’s wooden armature and nears the top surface. Velasquez’s striped assemblies, while distinctly minimalist in their visual vocabulary, are emphatically maximalist in their exploitation and formalization of the material. The edge of the surface is the work’s formal element – the sculpture’s face composed of exposed edges of hundreds of vinyl strips that exist here as pure color, denying the primary surface of the material that for which it was intended. It is through these singular works that Velasquez composes a language of structure that eloquently disrupts our notions of how both material and art object should function.

    Courtesy of Carvalho Park

    About Derrick Velasquez

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