“My work over the past decade has been focused on material exchange, immediacy, visual play and aesthetic dialogue. Deletion is a critical step in my creative process. I typically utilize paint and mixed media collage elements and work very fast and instinctively on many different pieces at once so that the body of work grows together. From there I identify the things I found to be successful and delete what I consider to be irrelevant. The deletion is often achieved by building small and large bodies of unmodulated color fields. Resting these next to other fields and shapes allows me to create honest, sculptural lines by pinching paint together. From this I can start to realize the painting’s identity. The way landscapes are constructed is something that informs many of my paintings: the different ways their visual space is carved up and shared between natural and man-made elements and their varying agendas. I have a habit of using derelict symbols and crude geometry within these spaces, revealing subtle narrative clues.”
Derek Meier grew up always making marks, which eventually translated into a BFA in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Painting from the University of South Dakota. His work has been widely exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally, including shows in Los Angles, Brooklyn, Germany, England, and Queensland, Australia. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, he is Visual Arts Coordinator for Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, an art center for adult artists with disabilities, and also works as an Art Outreach Teacher through Artistry, whose arts programming serves many outlying communities where arts education and courses are severely lacking. In both positions Meier’s focus is on cultivating art and connection in marginalized communities.