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Installation view of Art Basel Miami Beach at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour
Installation view of Art Basel Miami Beach at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour
Installation view of Art Basel Miami Beach at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour
Installation view of Art Basel Miami Beach at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour
Installation view of Art Basel Miami Beach at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour
Installation view of Art Basel Miami Beach at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour
Installation view of Art Basel Miami Beach at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour
Installation view of Art Basel Miami Beach at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour
Installation view of Art Basel Miami Beach at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour
Installation view of Art Basel Miami Beach at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour
Installation view of Art Basel Miami Beach at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour
Installation view of Art Basel Miami Beach at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour

Artworks

Couplet 50 by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Haberdashery by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Pageant by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Picture Day by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Showtime (Blue Deuce) by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Single Pivot Turn by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Six Hand Stand by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Conspicuous Consumption by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Burden Cycle by Derek Fordjour, 2018

Derek Fordjour

Art Basel Miami Beach

5 – 9 December 2018

Backroom is a site-specific installation that departs from the clinical, austere feel of a convention-centre booth in favor of a transformed backlot environment that evokes both a shanty-styled stockroom and a backside to a traveling show. Fordjour recontextualizes a space of dealmaking and display by building up a typically pristine interior with locally sourced materials, including loose pea gravel and corrugated steel, tuning the texture and tweaking notions of value and values. A space simultaneously beautiful and wrought, Backroom" is an atmospheric stage for a showcase of the artist's lush, textural portrait painting and a large kinetic sculpture. Backroom brings the artist's studies of game, carnival and sport, as well as the implied power structures around rewards and sanctions, to the venue of a prominent art fair.

Derek Fordjour (b. 1974, Memphis, USA) is a New-York-based painter, sculptor and installation artist. He was the 2016 artist-in-residence at the Sugar Hill Museum in Harlem and the 2017 artist-in-residence at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in New York, and is a visiting critic and lecturer at universities including Yale University and the Cooper Union. Fordjour was the subject of a solo exhibition entitled Half Mast at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2018, and the 2018 recipient of the MTA Commission for a permanent work of art to be installed at 145th street subway station in Harlem.