Dean De Cocker: Welcome to the Pacific
January 28–March 24, 2016
Reception on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 5:30 pm
Artist's Talk at 6:00 pm
*The gallery will be closed for a private event from 5-9 pm on Friday, February 5, 2016*
Bypass of Rubal, 2015, metal, plastic, powder coat, vinyl
Dean De Cocker’s work is part of a continuing series, Blue Jackets Return. From his first winged-shaped structures to the current work, he has been exploring interests in formal elements by transforming flat, two-dimensional surfaces into three-dimensional objects. Deriving much of his inspiration from everyday objects such as mailboxes, aircraft structures, wings, propellers, heavy machinery and architectural works. These objects become conceptual elements, which he transforms into drawings. Then, via different techniques of construction, he fabricates objects of inner structures and outer coverings that create volumetric enclosures. In recent years, an interest in racecar fabrication and collecting vintage BMX bicycles from the 1970’s has led to subtle changes to the work’s structure and color. De Cocker’s work of drawings, prints and photographs come from objects that inspire him and places that he has visited that make him think about time and space. The newest print/painting work in this exhibition involves interests in World War I and II military ship camouflage.
The titles of De Cocker’s works are a result of his interest in the construction techniques of World War II aircraft and the battles fought in the South Pacific.
2016 marks 30 years that De Cocker has been an exhibiting artist, participating in over 50 solo exhibitions and over 150 group exhibitions with mention of his work in over 90 articles and reviews.