Dean De Cocker - Welcome to the Pacific
- January 28 - March 24, 2016
- Opening Reception: February 11 at 5:30 p.m. with the Artist Talk at 6 p.m.
- Art Space on Main 135 W. Main St. Turlock, CA 95380
- Dean De Cocker Curriculum Vitae.pdf
- April 20 – May 7, 2010
- Reception: April 22 at 5:30 pm
My work is part of a continuing series, “Blue Jackets Return.” From the first winged-shaped structures to the current work, I have been exploring my interest in formal elements by transforming flat, two-dimensional surfaces into three-dimensional objects. I derive much of my inspiration from everyday objects such as mailboxes, aircraft structures, wings and propellers, heavy machinery and architectural works. These objects become conceptual elements, which I transform first into drawings. Then, via techniques of aircraft construction, I have fabricated objects of inner structures and outer coverings that created volumetric enclosures. Recently, my interest in racecar fabrication and finishing and collecting vintage BMX bicycles from the 1970’s has led to subtle changes in structure and color. 2009 has lead me to a return to painting. These paintings reflect my preoccupation with stripes. The titles of my works have no real meaning, but due to my interest in the construction techniques of World War II aircraft, I take my titles from the World War II battles in the South Pacific.
- March 21-April 28, 2006
- Reception: March 23, 6:30-8:00pm
- Artist Talk at 7:00pm
Dean De Cocker is a nationally acclaimed sculptor with a prolific exhibition record. Dean utilizes the technique of aircraft and racecar construction to fabricate objects consisting of inner structures and outer coverings to produce volumetric enclosures. Everyday objects such as mailboxes, aircraft structures, wings and propellers, as well as heavy machinery and architectural works influence his artwork. Dean De Cocker is the director of the University Art Gallery as well as a faculty member of the Art Department at California State University, Stanislaus.
Updated: May 30, 2023