PARADE: Derek Fordjour

Image: Derek Fordjour, (Detail) No. 77, 2017, Acrylic, charcoal and oil pastel on newspaper mounted on canvas, 30 x 24 inches, Courtesy the artist

Image: Derek Fordjour, (Detail) No. 77, 2017, Acrylic, charcoal and oil pastel on newspaper mounted on canvas, 30 x 24 inches, Courtesy the artist

PARADE: DEREK FORDJOUR
On view July 27, 2017 - January 14, 2018

PARADE takes visitors on a journey through the sense-memory of childhood and the process of
forging an identity, and reflects back to Fordjour’s own curiosities, observations, and obsessions
as a child artist growing up in Memphis, Tennessee. At once playful and poignant, disorienting
and propulsive, PARADE encapsulates Fordjour’s life in pursuit of art while engaging and
inspiring adults and children alike.

The installation begins with a tunnel, supported by lighted archways and reminiscent of the
marquees at an amusement park, which guides visitors into the exhibition space. The compositions
on display represent a broad swath of Fordjour’s artistic practice. There are new “works on
paper,” Fordjour’s term for his signature and highly textured collages of newsprint, and a procession
of vignettes, small sculptures, found objects, interventions, and music, which leads to
a non-place entered by stooping through an opening in the back of a closet.

The works on view engage Fordjour’s own past—the wheelchairs and copy machines he played
with as a child while visiting his father at his medical practice, minor experiments with flotation
and buoyancy, wheels and ball bearings—all the curiosity, re-purposing, and exploration of childhood.

The exhibition is the culmination of Fordjour’s year-long artist residency at the Museum and was guest curated by No Longer Empty’s Manon Slome.

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Image: Derek Fordjour, Topdog/Underdog, 2014, Terra cotta, vinyl paint, wooden wagon wheel, 90 x 15 x 37 inches, Courtesy the artist

Image: Derek Fordjour, Topdog/Underdog, 2014, Terra cotta, vinyl paint, wooden wagon wheel, 90 x 15 x 37 inches, Courtesy the artist

ABOUT DEREK FORDJOUR

Photo by Kaitlyn Flannagan

Photo by Kaitlyn Flannagan

Derek Fordjour was born in Memphis, Tennessee to parents of Ghanaian heritage. His work has
appeared in exhibitions at Roberts & Tilton Gallery in Los Angeles, Sotheby's S2 Gallery in New
York and Luce Gallery in Turin, Italy.

A recipient of the C12 Emerging Artist Award 2017, Derek has been awarded residencies at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum 2016-2017 and the 2017-2018 Sharpe Walentas Studio Program in New York City. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post and Brooklyn Rail. His work appears in several collections throughout the US and Europe including JP Morgan Chase collection and Dallas Museum of Art.

Derek is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia, earned a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Harvard University and an MFA in painting at Hunter College.