One of artist Derek Gores’ many collages is titled “Love and Only Love,” which comes from a song by Neil Diamond. It is a happy collage that shows two women in a park with a little girl. Mr. Gores wrote in an email to the Huffington Post for an article that appeared in June 2013, “It’s a picture of my sister, Emily, her wife, Tiffany, and their daughter, Raleigh. I don’t go for intellectual symbolism, or angry art. Instead, I depicted a day at the park. A regular day for people with a rich love, enjoying time, watching their daughter be silly, be curious, and wearing a super hero t-shirt like she often does.” Mr. Gores added, “Love conquers all. The love in the gentle moment is self evident, and I hope that could change a mind or two.” Mr. Gores created the collage, which is made from pieces of hate speech, after California banned gay marriage in 2010; the ban has since been overturned. He pointed out about “Love and Only Love” that “a closer look shows that the piece is made of a spectrum of elements. Fun and regular life, but also elements of hate speech and some of the challenges that gay people deal with.” Mr. Gores’ website gives additional details about the artist and his art: “Derek Gores recycles magazines, labels, and assorted found materials to create his collage works on canvas. The series showcases Gores’ contrasting interests in the living beauty of the figure, the mechanically angular and abstract design aesthetics of fashion, and a fearless sense of play. Derek was honored to have his work selected for the Manifest Hope DC exhibit coinciding with the Presidential Inauguration in 2009, and was named ‘One of the 40 important artists of the New Contemporary Movement’ while in an exhibit in London in 2010. ‘I like my pictures to barely come together with teasing little details. The mind can’t help but wander, even when trying to focus on one thing. In the collages, some of the little bits I use are deliberate, but I’m after an end result more interesting than I could have planned. One friend calls it a “Zen Narrative.”’ His subjects are fierce figures in a space, influenced by heroes Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Franz Kline, Rube Goldberg, Max Ernst, and, ‘those great old long-exposure photos of Abraham Lincoln where you can feel the whole minute inside each image. I love that buzzing stillness. I do reference a classic beauty, but made of raw and geometric and un-designed parts, so I feel it’s a contemporary beauty too. Key to me is that it is the subject’s strength, for her alone. I’m not interested in conscious concepts — I make something simple and let the elements combine in the head, reacting with each history the viewer brings to the table. When it goes well, I hope to create a real moment, instead of just a picture of a moment.’”
For Further Information: Mohini Kundu, “Artist Derek Gores Creates Incredible Collage From Hate Speech (PHOTO).” Huffington Post. 24 June 2013
For Further Information: Derek Gores. Website. Accessed 26 June 2013.
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