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Derek Lerner

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Asvirus 1, 2 & 3 2010 Ink, enamel, and gesso on paper mounted to panel ea. 121.92 x 59.69 cm (48 x 23.5 in)
Change 2003 stamped quarters 24.26 mm in diameter x 1.75 mm depth
Show&Tell Fig. A, B & C 2002 Diazo blueline, edition of 8 signed & numbered, ea. 187.96 x 106.68 cm (74 x 42 in)
Revolver 01, 03, & 04 2006 Carbon on paper ea. 158.75 mm x 209.55 mm (6.25 x 8.25 in)
Asvirus 6 & 7 2010 Ink and gesso on paper mounted to panel ea. 35.56 x 27.94 cm (14 x 11 in)
Artist's Statement

My work explores systems: their creation, use and control.

In 1994 I became interested in human interaction with technology and nonlinear information. Much of my work that followed dealt with the internet and code. My investigations made me increasingly intrigued with the relationships between perception and coded language. I began to explore the organization and chaos of complex systems, including urbanism, the metaverse, tax evasion, cybersex, money laundering, sock puppets and astroturfing, identity theft, and most recently the technological singularity. My interpretations of these kinds of information spaces are motivated by my daily visual intake and life experiences.

Power, information, misinformation, semantics, sociology, counter-culture/over the counter culture, identity, order, code, crime, consumerism, economics- these are the topics that drive my thinking and the production of my work.


Born 1974, Jacksonville, FL; Derek Lerner is a New York City-based artist with a BFA degree from the Atlanta College of Art. His work explores systems: the creation, control, and use of them. architectonic. power, media, information, misinformation, semantics, sociology, culture: counter-culture/over the counter culture, chaos, order, law, code, organized crime, databases, marketing, consumerism, transportation, etc.

Lerner has shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, the Centre d’Exposition de Val-d’Or in Quebec, Canada, BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music, 31GRAND gallery in NY, and Tomoya Saito Gallery in Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan.

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