Derek Root, Salt Flat, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 26 x 24 inches
Monte Clark Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work by Derek Root entitled “Above and Below.”
In the exhibition “Above and Below,” Derek Root continues to expand his language of abstraction, presenting a series of acrylic-on-canvas works. The paintings depict seemingly random forms that sit harmoniously together, tethered by their subtle texture and colour.
The way we view Root’s forms is interpreted depending on perspective; interchangeably they reference microscopic shapes and colossal, celestial visions from space. The compositions also echo the order of an archeological display, a hint of artifacts arranged in an exhibit. The title of the exhibition calls attention to these and other possible perspectives, challenging the viewer to decide from where they view the works.
Root has always had an interest in Modernism and abstraction. His new works hover somewhere above or below the history of these modes, silently evoking eras past while at the same time presenting a studied and astute take on this history.
Derek Root (born 1960, Vancouver) is a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including at Monte Clark Gallery, Union Gallery in London, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. His works are included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, and numerous others. Derek Root lives and works in Vancouver.