Derrick Velasquez – PENTIMENTI GALLERY, Philadelphia
Born 1982 in Lodi, California, USA
My most recent work deals with forces projected onto manufactured and industrially engineered materials. Some of these forces are natural, such as an accumulated weight created by gravity and some are more forced like tension applied by testing an object’s flexibility to its breaking point. The demands put on these materials reveal and obscure their intended consumer use and the qualities of the material itself. By use of marine vinyl, masonite, handmade half-scale 2X4s, plywood and found objects, I aim to question the way we physically interact with the tangible and manufactured structures of everyday life. Through an investigative manipulation that observes and skews nominal measurements, my work teases out the language of those structure and our psychological relation to the dimensions and conditions given by such materials.