Derek Hunter (b. New York City, 1988) is self-taught artist. His paintings are deliberate, calculated investigations into geometric abstraction, seemingly in the vein of the movement’s forerunners such as Sol LeWitt, Elsworth Kelly, and Bridget Riley. Yet, Hunter’s work includes the slightest disruptions in what would normally be considered a flawless, mechanized series of renderings, these small imperfections are, too, as intentional as the razor-edged lines and planes. Each work, made by hand, explores ideas of sculptural limits, the “finish-fetish” of traditional print advertising and the irreverent vibrancy of street/interventionist art. Hunter’s work conveys a multitude of influences, some of which delve into the esoteric realms of theosophy and mysticism, others pursue and examine childhood interests in geology, architecture and light.
Hunter’s sculptural compositions interrupt the endless parade of brutal, colorless urban architectural forms indicative of the postmodern movement. These peculiar geometric structures function as a hub for meditative intervention, regeneration and research for the cultivation of Qi energy by utilizing light as a medium to penetrate and interact with color and form. Hunter lives and works in Miami.