The New York based artist Derick Melander is a jack-of-all-trades: trained as music programmer and filmmaker and beeing a passionate musician he taught nursery school before he moved into his atelier and concentrated on his visual art.
Melander’s works are architectural installations and sculptures, composed of carfully stacked and folded second-hand clothing.
“As clothing wears, fades, stains and stretches it becomes an intimate record of our physical presence. It traces the edge of the body, defining the boundary between the individual and the outside world.”
“The clothing used for these works is folded to exact dimensions and attention is paid to the ordering of the garments. For example, the sequence can relate to the way we layer the clothing we wear or the clothing can be sorted by color, gender or by the order that it was received. Individual components are often connected together with shirt sleeves, pant legs and belts forming bridge-like appendages”, Derick Melander explains.