Derek Franklin, Marylhurst’s director of art programs, will show new work in To Leave No Trace, an exhibition opening Aug. 24, 2017 at Williamson | Knight in Northwest Portland.
To Leave No Trace features Derek Franklin’s ephemeral works that question how to heal, de-educate, and challenge the role of violence in the United States. In his work, Franklin utilizes the discourse and visual representations of his lived experience within public education, media and internet trolling. On display in the gallery are sculptures and paintings that point both to the communal mitigation of trauma and the histories of brutality which cause trauma.
To Leave No Trace opens Aug. 24 and runs through Sept. 29, 2017. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Aug. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Williamson | Knight is a collaboration between Iris Williamson and John Knight. The gallery is located at 916 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m.
To Leave No Trace
All leave a trace
Some leave a trace that rejoices in the space in which we heal, build, love and experience each other and the world around us.
Space is colonized with violence
Look to where the water and air meet
Smell raw bacon
Oil slick on the water
You are a lunatic
Derek Franklin is an artist based in Portland, Oregon. He received his BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and his MFA from Rutgers University. Recent solo exhibitions include Gray Minstrel (Carl and Sloan Contemporary, Portland: 2015), Mending Capers (Thierry Goldberg, New York: 2015), and Meditation Furniture for Ten Minute Breaks (Document, Chicago: 2015). Franklin’s works have also been presented in group exhibitions at Thierry Goldberg (New York: 2014), Andel31 (Copenhagen: 2014), Simone Subal Gallery (New York: 2013), and Soloway (New York: 2013). Franklin is a partner and director at the artist run space Soloway in Brooklyn, NY. Derek Franklin is represented by Thierry Goldberg in New York and Document in Chicago.
Derek Franklin is director of art programs and assistant professor at Marylhurst University.