Mending the World Through a Dream


Mercury 420Derek Chan presents an installation of painting and video in the CCA Cinematheque gallery. Referencing mythological explanations of natural phenomenon, Chan focuses on the relationships of dreams, celestial cycles, and the movement of tectonic plates in his paintings.
As an accompaniment to the 2-D works, his video piece offers a narrative understanding to the installation and a ‘warning’ for viewers to take away.

About Derek Chan
Derek Chan (b.1981) was born in Berkeley, California. He currently lives and works independently in Santa Fe, NM. He received his BA from UCLA, majoring in studio arts and Asian American studies in 2004. After attending UCLA, Derek received his MFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2007. Participating as a Monastic-monk, Derek worked in collaboration with Chicago artist Theaster Gates, for Gates’ contribution to the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In that same year, Derek journeyed through the Four-Corners region of the Southwest, which provided inspiration for previous works, in particular, a solo exhibition titled, A Way Of Life, presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Past 2011-12 exhibits include The Happiness Project, a collaborative effort with other artists from the Chicago art community; and curated by Tricia Van Eck. The solo exhibit titled, All Our Relations, was on view at Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago. More recent exhibits include Causation at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, 2013; and in 2014 Causation was presented at Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago.