/ Bio & Resume | Steven Derks

                                                Bio & Resume

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Artist Statement


Finding and collecting curiosities in thrift stores and junkyards is a lifelong preoccupation and a passionate experience for me, rather like going to church. Three or four times a month I visit one of Tucson's four junkyards. I walk around alone, looking at the forlorn piles of bent, twisted and rusted metal lying all over the place. Now things start to happen very fast; everywhere I look I begin to see metal transformed into finished sculptures.

Most of my sculptures are conceived right there in the scrap metal yards where I find both the vision and the ingredients for my work. I just see a piece of metal and immediately imagine the completed sculpture it suggests. Most of the time, during one visit I am able to locate all of the actual metal parts that will be necessary to complete many sculptures, but occasionally an exciting piece of rusted metal will languish in my studio yard for months, waiting for the day I will find the piece or pieces that are missing.

I like the immediacy of welding; it is glue that sets up rapidly, in seconds. This makes metal become either plastic or rigid. But I never bend or cut the metal I use. This self-imposed limitation forces me to respond to the object as it actually is. My art lies in the assemblage, not the cutting and shaping of its individual parts.

  I like my work to remain unfinished, even when I have carried out my initial vision for it. I resist signing the work for this reason. If it remains unsigned, it is a piece in process, and more things can continue to happen to transform it after it is sold. 

Co-incidentally I hate to say goodbye either to my work or to people. The work and human relationships always have the potential for new life, and more redemption. I always expect that.

Making art allows me to have a spiritual and a psychological life without being directly involved in any theology or ideology. Through art I can engage my life deeply, and can impact other people's lives through how they experience my work.

The Catholic Apostle Jude is a figure of special significance to me, and to my work. The patron saint of a small Tarahumara Indian village in Mexico, his life was the manifestation of betrayal and redemption, twin themes that are central to my own experience. 

When I discard something, I betray it. When I find it, conceive a vision of it renewed, and make art from it, I redeem it. All objects have the potential to be redeemed through art, to be transformed through human vision. So do all people. If a person were to be discarded like a piece of rusted steel, it would be a profound experience. But if it happens to an object, everyone takes it to be insignificant. I can't accept that. Art makes my own personal redemption possible.


Steven G. Derks


Education

 2010      Creative Capital Career Development

1996       Tucson Museum of Art Mentor Program

1994        Desert Crucible-Tucson 

1994       Arizona Internship

1993       Tucson Museum of Art-Art Training Workshops

1992       Arizona Commission of the Arts-Arts Business Training

1979       Pima Community College-Arts


Group  Exhibitions 


2016     Alexander Salazar Gallery San Diego CA

             White Box Gallery San Diego CA

             Shidoni Gallery Santa Fe NM

             Phillips Gallery Salt Lake City UT

             Gallery 801 Tucson AZ

             SCAA Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance Rancho Santa Fe CA

             Etherton Gallery / Temple Tucson AZ

             Sotheby’s International  Tucson AZ

             Biosphere 2 , Oracle, AZ

             Vantana Systems / SACA Tucson

             Tucson JCC Sculpture Show Tucson AZ

             Coda Gallery Palm Desert CA

2015     Alexander Salazar Gallery San Diego CA

             White Box Gallery San Diego CA

             Shidoni Gallery Santa Fe NM

             Phillips Gallery Salt Lake City UT

             Gallery 801 Tucson AZ

             SCAA Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance Rancho Santa Fe CA

             LGOCA Gallery Laguna Beach CA

             Sotheby’s International  Tucson AZ

             Biosphere 2 , Oracle, AZ

             Coda Gallery Palm Desert CA

 2014    LGOCA Gallery Laguna Beach CA

             RBC Wealth Management, Tucson AZ.

             Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

             Noel Baza Gallery , San Diego ,CA.

             Gallery 801, Tucson AZ.

             Flux Gallery , Tucson, AZ

             Biosphere 2 , Oracle, AZ

             James Ratliff Gallery, Sedona AZ.

             Sotheby’s International  Tucson AZ

             Tucson Museum of Art  Crush Show, Tucson AZ

 2013    LGOCA Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA.

             RBC Wealth Management, Tucson AZ.

             Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

             Noel Baza Gallery , San Diego ,CA.

             Gallery 801, Tucson AZ.

             Flux Gallery , Tucson, AZ

             Biosphere 2 , Oracle, AZ

             James Ratliff Gallery, Sedona AZ.

             Sotheby’s International Reality Tucson AZ

             Tucson Museum of Art  Crush Show, Tucson AZ

2012     LGOCA Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA.

             RBC Wealth Management, Tucson AZ.

             Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

             Noel Baza Gallery , San Diego ,CA.

             Gallery 801, Tucson AZ

             Flux Gallery , Tucson, AZ

             Biosphere 2 , Oracle, AZ

             James Ratliff Gallery, Sedona AZ.

             Sotheby’s International Reality Tucson AZ

             Tucson Museum of Art  Crush Show, Tucson AZ

2011     Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

             Noel Baza Gallery , San Diego ,CA.

             Coda Gallery, Palm Desert ,CA.

             Biosphere 2, Oracle AZ.

             Gallery 801, Tucson AZ.

             Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery, Tucson AZ 

             Flux Gallery , Tucson, AZ

             JCC Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

             Tucson Museum of Art  Crush Show, Tucson AZ

             Loveland Sculpture Show, Loveland,CO.

             James Ratliff Gallery, Sedona, AZ.

             Sotheby’s International Reality Tucson AZ

             Etherton Temple Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

2010     Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

             Noel Baza Gallery , San Diego ,CA.

             Coda Gallery, Palm Desert ,CA.

             Gallery 801, Tucson AZ.

             Phoenix Gallery, Park CitY, UT.

             Tangerine Gallery, Tucson AZ.

             Jane Hamilton Gallery, Bisbee, AZ.

             Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery, Tucson AZ 

             Tucson Museum of Art  Crush Show, Tucson AZ

             Flux Gallery , Tucson, AZ

             Sotheby’s International Reality Tucson AZ

2009     Flux Gallery , Tucson, AZ

             Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

             Noel Baza Gallery , San Diego ,CA.

             Coda Gallery, Palm Desert ,CA.

             Gallery 801, Tucson AZ.

             Phoenix Gallery, Park CitY, UT.

             Tangerine Gallery, Tucson AZ.

             Jane Hamilton Gallery, Bisbee, AZ.

             Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery, Tucson AZ. 

             Tucson Museum of Art  Crush Show, Tucson AZ

2008     Phoenix Gallery , Park City UT.

              Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

              Tangerine Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

              Grogan Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

              Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, CA.

              Twist Gallery, Bisbee, AZ.

              Trios Gallery, Solana Beach, CA.

              Gallery 801,  Tucson, AZ.

              Hacienda Del Sol, Tucson, AZ

2007      Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

              Gallery 801, Tucson, AZ

              Tangerine Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

               Grogan Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

               Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, CA.

               Arte-Misa Gallery, Sedona, AZ.

               Treos Gallery, Solana Beach, CA.

               Adorn Gallery, San Diego, CA.

               Twist Gallery, Bisbee, AZ.

               Liz Hernandez Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2006       Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

               Grogan Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

               Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, CA.

               Trios Gallery, Solana Beach, CA.

               Adorn Gallery, San Diego, CA.  

2005       Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

               Liz Hernandez Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

               Art House, Silver City, NM

               Gallery Urbane, Silver City, NM

               Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, CA.

2004       Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

               Gallery Urbane, Silver City, NM

               Liz Hernandez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

               Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, CA.

               Hacienda Del Sol, Tucson, AZ

               Tupolo Rd. Gallery, Taos, NM

2003       Shidoni, Santa Fe, NM

               Redeemed Art Gallery, Tucson, AZ

               Dinnerware, Tucson, AZ

               Gallery Urbane, Silver City, NM

2002       Dinnerware, Tucson, AZ

               Gallery Urbane, Silver City, NM

               Redeemed Art Gallery, Tucson, AZ

               Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2001       3Falk Gallery, Tubac, AZ

               Shidoni, Santa Fe, NM

               Dinnerware, Tucson, AZ

               Lanning Gallery, Sedona, AZ

               2000 Moxley Ross, Santa Fe NM

                Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ

                Dinnerware, Tucson, AZ

                Lanning Gallery, Sedona, AZ

1999       Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

               The Select Art Gallery, Sedona, AZ

               D.C. Harris Gallery, Tucson, AZ

               Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

               Tohono Chul Gallery, Tucson, AZ 

               Phantom B. of A., Tucson AZ

               Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

               Apparatus Gallery, Tucson, AZ

1998       Phantom B. of A., 

              Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

              Apparatus Gallery, Tucson, AZ

              D.C. Harris Gallery, Tucson, AZ

              Dallas Market Center, Dallas, TX 

              The Select Art Gallery, Sedona, AZ

1997      The Select Art Gallery, Sedona, AZ.  

1996       Apparatus Gallery, Tucson, AZ

              Debra Hudgens Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.

              Susanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

              Karen Newby Gallery, Tubac, AZ.

1994      Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

               Susanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

               Feathers Gallery, La Jolla CA.

                Feathers Gallery, Scottsdale

1993        Expo Chango, Tucson, AZ

               Presden Gallery, Santa Fe NM.

               Susanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

               Feathers Gallery, La Jolla CA.

               Feathers Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

1991       Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

               Karen Newby Gallery, Tubac, AZ

               Feathers Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

               Feathers Gallery, La Jolla CA.

               Feathers Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

1990       Sun West Gallery, Prescott, AZ

               Rosenquest Gallery Scottsdale AZ


Selected Publications and 

Articles

Arizona Daily Star

Arizona Illustrated News Magazine

Art in America

Art Life

Art Now Gallery Guide

Art Talk

Compendium Magazine

Desert Leaf

Gallery Guide

Lux Magazine Arizona Edition

New York Times 

New Mexico Magazine

Oracle Magazine

Phoenix Home & Garden

Sedona Magazine

Southwest Art Magazine

Southwest Profile Magazine

Sunset Magazine

The Magazine

The Santa Fean

Tucson Citizen

Tucson Guide

Tucson Weekly

Tucson Home

Tucson Lifestyle Magazine


Corporate Collections

Bed Mart Tucson AZ

Shear Financial Services, Dayton, OH.

Jewish Community Center,Tucson.AZ

KPMG International

AMCEP Metals, Steven Kipper, Tucson, Az.

American Heart Association, Tucson, AZ.

Beyond Bread, Tucson, AZ

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tucson, AZ

Café Terra Cotta, Tucson, AZ

Caterpillar Corp. Memorial, Tucson, AZ

Davis Bilingual School, Tucson, AZ

DeGrazia Foundation, Tucson, AZ

Dell Webb, Tucson, AZ

Gallery Golf Resort, Marana, AZ

Hacienda Del Sol Resort, Tucson, AZ

Mertis, Scottsdale, AZ

Microsoft, Seattle, WA

P.A.C.T. for Life, Tucson, AZ

Phantom Project, Bank of America, Tucson, AZ

Print Expressions Inc., Tucson, AZ

R.A.S., Tucson, AZ

Regal Company, Inc., Sonora, Mexico

Sterling Institute of Men’s Studies, Oakland, CA

Streich Lang, Tucson, AZ

Switch and Data, Tucson, AZ

Tucson Art District Partnership, Tucson, AZ

Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tucson, AZ

Triumph Builders, Tucson, AZ

Boran Properties, Tucson, AZ

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

UMC Cancer Center, Tucson AZ

President Bill Clinton, The White House, Oval Office, 

Washington, DC

Mercury Records, Nashville, TN


Honorarium & Awards


1999   University of Arizona

2000   Deer Valley Airport

2003    Community Foundation

2002    Tucson Arts District Partnership Artist of The Year

2003    Arizona Governor’s Arts Award

2008    Artist in Residence Biosphere II, Oracle, AZ.

2011    Tucson Pima Arts Council

2012    Tucson Pima Arts Council


Private Collections


Anderson, Andy, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

Boswell, Don, Collector, Tucson, AZ.

Brunner, Pricella & Keith Tucson / Nashville / Dayton

Broan, Joyce, Collector, Tucson, AZ.

Brown, Thomas, Architect

Chambers, Susan, Tucson, AZ

Beech, Lee,  Dean University of Arizona

Cheik, Sao, Collector, Seattle Wa.

Christensen, Karen, Tucson, AZ.

Collier, Roger Attorney at Law & Carol, Tucson, AZ

Coris, Len and Doris, Collectors, Tucson, AZ. 

Dantzler Bill, Barbara, Tucson AZ

Dashew, Linda & Skip, Tucson, AZ

De’ Augostino,   Judith, Artist, Tucson, AZ.

Drachman, Lorraine, Tucson, AZ.

Dudley, John & Diane, Creative Endeavors Fine Art, Rockwell, TX

Eglin, Evan, Santa Fe, NM & Tucson, AZ

Fishman, Norm, Collector, Tucson, AZ

Frank, David, Collector, Santa Fe, NM

Frank, Elizabeth, Artist, Tucson, AZ.

Gardner, Nancy & Kirkland, Tucson, AZ

Gerard, Don and Eugenia, Collectors, Tucson, AZ./San Diego, Ca.

Gilley, Ron and Mary, Collectors, Durango CO.

Goldman, Lucy, Collector, San Diego, Ca.

Gorriarena, Carlos, Zaragoza, Spain

Guerrero, Louis, Guadalajara, Mexico

Hancock, Jory and Melissa, DeanU of Arizona School of Arts, University of Arizona

Hernandez, Liz, Collector, Scottsdale, AZ.

Hilger, Ludwig, Frankfurt, Germany

Himelic, Ana, Collector, San Diego, Ca.

Hilton, Lee and Peggy, Collectors, Tucson, AZ.

Johnson, Peggy, Loft Theater, Tucson, AZ, 

Kidd, Billy, Collector, Tucson, AZ.

Krzyzawski, Stan, Collector, Tucson, AZ.`

Lace, Steve and Sue, Collectors, Tucson, AZ.

 Lanning, Peggy, Owner, Lanning Gallery, Sedona AZ

Laria, Don, Café Terra Cotta, President Tucson Museum of Art

Lawerence, Taylor  President Rayotheion 

Lehrer, Cy, Attorney at Law, Tucson, AZ.

Litvack, Elaine and Jules, Collectors, Tucson, AZ.

Marcus, Angelo, Eagle Arts, La Jolla, CA

Miller, John Wesley, Collector, Tucson, AZ.

Miller, Tom and Barbara, Collector’s San Diego, Ca.

Molotsky, Barbara, Collector, Tucson, AZ.

Morillo, Luptia, KVOA, Reporter

Murry, Steve and Maxine, Collectors, Tucson,  AZ.

Nathensen, Jerry & Thelma, Tucson, AZ

Nelson, Linda & Stewart, Tucson, AZ

Neyraud, Anne & Jean Paul, La Fouillouse, France

Oliver, Samual, London, England

Pan, Solomon and Rose, Architect, Tucson, AZ.

Palmer,John & Farah Tucson / Cincinnati

Pashkow, David and Cookie, Collectors, Tucson, AZ.

Pergam, Carl & Jeannette, Vancouver, Canada

Powell, Andrew, Ottawa, Canada

Pray, James, Collector,  Tucson, AZ.

Ritter, Mel, President Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

Redford, Robert, Sundance, UT

Robinson, Linda, Robinson Shades, Tucson, AZ

Rosenquist, Charles & Peg, , Tucson, AZ

Rubin, Rochelle, Rochelle Rubin Design, Tucson, AZ

Ryan, Pam and Randy, Collectors, Tucson, AZ

Sabbagh, Adib Dr. and Vivi, Collectors, Tucson, AZ.

Schaefer, John & Helen, President University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Schop, Derek, DMD, Collector, Tucson, AZ.

Scheerer, Susan  Tucson / Portland OR.

Seaver, Douglas, Architect, Tucson, AZ

Sevigny, Maurice, Dean University of Arizona Art School

 Shorr, Cye, Attorney at Law, Tucson, AZ.

 Skidmore, David, Collector, Tucson, AZ.

Slavin, Marjorie, Collector, Tucson, AZ.

Soloway, Rick, Architect

Sosnow, Dr. Rick and Phyllis, Collectors, Tucson, AZ.

Spitzer, Eric C.P.A.  Tucson, AZ.

Spivac, Rica & Harvey, President Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

Sternberg, Mitch, Tucson, AZ

Su-Wen, Chang, DDS, Tucson, AZ

Timan, Jeff, Collector, Tucson, AZ.

Wagner, Karen & Ron, Dallas, TX

Wells John, Tucson, AZ

Wetterscheider, Larry, Tucson, AZ

Williams, Owen, Collector, Tucson, AZ.

Wooten, Mary Ellen, Collector, Tucson, AZ.


# 1    I learned the mass in latin then had to relearn it in english the next year. I still hold a resentment.


# 2   Most Sundays; as a young kid I would suck wine thru a garden hose from an oak barrel.


# 3   Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band became my new religion that summer.


# 4   I saved $8,000.00 while working as a busboy, hoping to buy a farm after high school. I realized that it was beyond my means so I bought a house instead. I still want to be a farmer when I grow up.


# 5   I hitchhiked halfway across the country to visit my dying grandfather. I was 15 years old and it was worth the humiliation of every car that passed me by.


# 6   On the Navajo reservation I lived for a year in a log and mud hogan, with an English sheep dog, and a mohair goat. At first I missed electricity but soon learned that living without running water or plumbing was a greater necessity.


# 7  I worked for ten years enforcing the endangered plant laws and antiquities protection laws in southern Arizona. ( Cactus Cop )


# 8  I'm terribly  allergic to cats and horses.


#  9 It's almost 25 years since I had a drink or a drug. My daughter and most of my friends have never seen me under the influence. I pray to keep it that way.


# 10  I used to say that unconditional love was a myth. Being a single parent raising an incredible daughter by myself has taught me otherwise.


#  11 I sold my first work of art to a man who made his fortune selling bras.


#  12I sold a painting that President Clinton Kept in the Oval office for 7 years.


# 13  I want to see Prague & Istanbul before I die.


#  14  I have lived in an intentional community for 20 years. We used to be hippies.


#  15 I played volleyball with James Hillman the author of Re-visioning Psychology.


#  16  My spanish is pretty good I wish it was much better.


#  17  I need to make art.


#  18  I designed and built my own house. It was beautiful. Selling it was the death of a dream. I'm glad I did it now.


# 19  I enjoy poetry slams.


# 20  I'm powerless over Mac Stuff and my life is unmanageable.


# 21 I'm still afraid of nuns.


#  22 I was roommates with James Turrell for a week when I was 18 years old. I didn't Know he was famous. He drank all my of carrot juice.


#  23 My best friend and mentor has Parkinson's .  


# 24 I wish I had the faith to practice a religion.









© Steven Derks 2012                                        801 n.  Main   Tucson , Arizona  85705                                                                  sgderks@mac.com