Derek Cracco’s exhibition, Identity, opens at Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery tonight, January 18th and will be on view through February 22nd.
The works below are part of the series From Here to There, made with original pulp magazines from the 1930s – 1950s men’s health magazines and pinups. They’re mounted on panel with an overlay: a combination of collage, vinyl and resin. They become very sculptural, clean, sleek, crisp, contemporary from the resin and yet the colors of the inks from the 30s – 50s speak on a different level.
“Derek Cracco’s work investigates masculine and feminine archetypes, and the roles idealized men and women play in our fantasies. He uses collaged ephemera, such as romance novels, fifties pin ups, and men’s health magazines to explore society’s fantasies and fascination with identity and romance. The imagery challenges the viewer to consider the ideals promoted by these pulp publications, and to compare them with the realities of their own lives and concepts.” — Carmen Wiedenhoeft.
For more information visit the Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery website.