Equivalent Experience Necessary: Derek Toomes
Through his recent works in video, drawing, and mixed-media installation, Derek Toomes uses EquivalentExperience Necessary to investigate the possible threshold existing between perceived dichotomies. When presenting works like 3-D printed sculptures of scanned, decomposing mushrooms, he not only visually describes the stages between physical presence and absence, but also those of digital creation and loss. Frontal portraits, in which he omits the middle-facial-third of the composition, present identifiers, while suggesting partial or missing identity. A video of advertisements, projected over a wall sculpture, hints at and plays with the dislocation and assimilation of ‘fine art’, through a filter of rarified commercial contexts and conquests. Pornographic magazines mangled by words cut using a CNC router further this dynamic, while also introducing tensions between the machine-made and the hand-constructed. All of the work furthers further the exploration of liminal and ephemeral states that evade concrete realization in the pure form of a physical object. In conversation with one another, the objects operate as vehicles of search and extrapolation.