Derek Gores Gallery at Aqua Miami


While in Miami Beach for the madness that is Art Basel week, Art Attacks caught up with collage artist Derek Gores at Aqua Art Fair. His brick and mortar space, Derek Gores Gallery, had a room at the Aqua Hotel and hosted not only his personal work but, that of assemblage artist David Burton, finger-print painter Dave Thomas, and sculptress Rebecca Rose.




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While in Miami Beach for the madness that is Art Basel week, Art Attacks caught up with collage artist Derek Gores at Aqua Art Fair. His brick and mortar space, Derek Gores Gallery, had a room at the Aqua Hotel and hosted not only his personal work but, that of assemblage artist David Burton, finger-print painter Dave Thomas, and sculptress Rebecca Rose. The collection of artists reflect ideas about humanity with the use of scale and texture. We had a quick chat with Gores about having a gallery in Melbourne, Florida and showing in a fair setting.

Melbourne, and Central Florida in general, is a smaller, young market. How is the community where you are receiving your work and that of your gallery?

Well, it’s my only frame of reference but, Melbourne is a small town like everywhere that isn’t New York, Miami, London or somewhere. We just rock it. Everybody’s got to buy art and see art so we make it happen for Brevard County in Central Florida. Were I am in Melbourne its a space program town, so we have the intellect that put man on the moon and that clashes with beach culture and surf and skate culture. It’s a sweet blend with a wide open sky that is always inspiring. So we’re building up our fan base and and it’s been fun. People need something to put on their walls and we want to show them why it ought to be art made or curated here, locally.

How has it been working with the Miami art fairs? Is this your first? And how is it different from running your gallery back home?

It’s different. It’s concentrated, it’s neat. It’s amazing being right next door to a gallery from the Netherlands, another one from London, there’s a gallery from Tokyo right upstairs. It’s a big world, small world thing. Other than that, it’s similar. You’re walking in and reacting to a space. In this case we’re flipping a hotel room into something different. There’s a small closet over there for a micro experience. It’s all variations on treating the space, wherever you are, as a piece of artwork and making it flow. You’re thinking about the people, you’re thinking about the art, and how they relate to each other. I love getting Rebecca Rose’s rings in front of David Burton’s assemblage pieces, layering different images and playing with different levels of color and sparkle and saturation. It’s all a big part of the game.

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What about your work? Could you talk about your style and what you create?

I’ve been working with the collage technique for the last 7 or 8 years probably. I love creating a figure but out of these raw materials are opposite of what you think. In this case (‘Full Volume Tokyo’ – seen above) there are maps, newspaper, and the Tokyo skyline, crazy neon lights. Then you’ve got to squint and your brain fights with you a little bit but, then, a figure emerges. It’s my own little psychedelic experience. It’s a vertigo of seeing several spaces at once and reconciling with them to create something. I like when the little pieces can take you into moments or memories maybe. It feels like elapsed time. A little frozen moment. People have been enjoying them. I love sharing and selling them locally, love selling them far far away. I like trotting them around the state and around the country a little bit.
While in Miami I’ve tried to take in all I can. Outside Aqua I have work at Scope art fair and in a fantastic space called R House in Wynwood. We also host a 3 day pop up called Slippery Catwalk at P&B South Beach with my work and Dave Thomas’ paintings. The pool is blue, the trees are lit up red, it’s a whole Miami experience in a crazy space that adds to the art.

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Visit Derek Gores Gallery – 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Ste 101 Melbourne, FL 32935

Photography credits: JJ Darling 
Artwork image courtesy of artist.

Derek Gores Gallery at Aqua Miami


While in Miami Beach for the madness that is Art Basel week, Art Attacks caught up with collage artist Derek Gores at Aqua Art Fair. His brick and mortar space, Derek Gores Gallery, had a room at the Aqua Hotel and hosted not only his personal work but, that of assemblage artist David Burton, finger-print painter Dave Thomas, and sculptress Rebecca Rose.