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, propellers, heavy machinery and architectural works. These objects become conceptual elements, which I transform into drawings. Then, via different techniques of construction, I fabricate many objects of inner structures and outer coverings that create volumetric enclosures. In recent years, my interest in racecar fabrication and collecting vintage BMX bicycles from the 1970’s has led to subtle changes to my work’s structure and color. My work of drawings, prints and photographs come from objects that inspire me and places that I have visited that make me think about time and space. Some of my newest print/painting work involves my interest in World War I and II military ship camouflage. The titles of my works are a result of my interest in the construction techniques of World War II aircraft and the battles fought in the South Pacific.
Dean DeCocker is a Professor of Art at California State University, Stanislaus; he is also the Director of the University Art Gallery and the Art Space on Main Gallery. As an artist, he has had 50 solo exhibitions and over 150 group exhibitions with mention of his work in over 90 articles and reviews.
Works by Dean DeCocker