For his exhibition at MCA Denver, Derrick Velasquez created two site-specific installations and a series of photographs that use the museum’s architecture and the broader politics of design and urban development. His work features sculptural installation, composed of prefabricated ornate crown molding that adorns the opening into the lower-level gallery of the museum’s David Adjaye building. Velasquez installs these decorative features upside down to call new attention to them. Below the embellished atrium, in the Whole Room Gallery, Velasquez has created a modular sculpture that resembles a Greek key. Photographs of residential property lines in Denver comprise the rest of the gallery, depicting new construction, historic architecture, and barriers that divide or connect new and old buildings.
Obstructed View explores liminal areas in the museum’s building and in Denver, as well as more figurative borders between art, design, and architecture. Obstructed View coincides with the presentation of The Stacks, an exhibition curated by Velasquez currently on view in the Open Shelf Library.
Derrick Velasquez was born in 1982 in Lodi, California. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts and Art History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2004, Velasquez received an MFA from The Ohio State University. Velasquez has taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder and University of Denver, and he has been an Affiliate Instructor at Metropolitan State University in Denver since 2010. He is the founding director and curator of Yes Ma’am Projects. He is represented by Pentimenti Gallery, in Philadelphia, and Robischon Gallery, in Denver, where he lives and works.
The exhibition is curated by Zoe Larkins.