Derek Sullivan

#41, Vague, Mercurial Afternoon, The New Coterie

2009
Derek Sullivan inter-mixes art historical and wider cultural references in poetic ways in his work. The "Poster Drawing" series (2006-) "culls from innumerable pop, commercial and avant-garde sources to present caricatures of meaning and reference." His titles have specific connotations - "well hung snow white tan," are lyrics from David Bowie's song "Ziggy Stardust," chosen in part because the colour evokes the singer's dyed orange-red hair. "Mercurial Afternoon" suggests "mercury in its viscous, liquid state." The open-ended process of re-interpreting the works with each new exhibition is reflected in the way previous titles are struck out and the newest added, mirroring the inherent relationship between the audience and context.
Title
#41, Vague, Mercurial Afternoon, The New Coterie
Date
2009
Medium
Drawing
Materials
coloured pencil on wove paper
Dimensions
127 x 96.5 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2010
Accession number
43055