Derek Knox

All my recent work has been an exploration of image and appropriation. 

Through sampling, I subject pre-existing compositions to a process of translation and re-staging, imbuing them with alternative meaning. The works reflect a world overloaded with images, and paintings parallels with both the screen and image-based technology.

Sources for imagery vary, from pop culture references influenced by sample-based music to Google Streetview, playing on the unreliability of technology as an allusion to memory, history and dreams of place.  

Play is integral to my working process. Materials are not discouraged from displaying their inherent qualities and much like the unplanned aspects of a photograph, spontaneous occurrences in the studio are retained and reused in sequence. Some works have a quiet stillness, embracing the ideas of honesty, vagueness and provisionality in painting.



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