When: April 15-June 18 2016
This culminating solo exhibition from the 2015 Barbara Smail Award winner brings to the BCA Center a selection of the Burlington artist’s sculptural works in wood. The pieces mingle craft and folk-art influences of his native Louisiana with the abstract sensibilities and assertiveness of contemporary art. Carved initially with a chainsaw, Derbes’ works transform blocks of woods into many-surfaced canvases, which in turn are painted with bold, hard-edged geometries. These are most frequently rectangular variations, like pixels on acid, though triangles show up, as well. Derbes accommodates the wood’s texture and cracks, rendering the medium a collaborator in his final product. BCA writes that he “collapses the cold distance of modernism to highlight the humanity behind the construction of an art object.” Added bonus: BCA provides a “totally unofficial” hand-drawn map to Derbes’ public works around town.