Derry’s work celebrates amateur solutions to complex problems, often repurposing discarded objects and building mechanical contraptions that perform. The vulnerability of these instruments is critical to comprehending the humility of intervening to reorder everyday conditions. Through his sculptural practice, Derry aims to establish equilibrium between ambition and uncertainty and use this frame to assess the perplexities of contemporary being.
Installation view from Accompaniment, Allen W. Clowes Gallery, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN, December 4, 2015 – January 30, 2015. Photo: Lisa K. Fett 2015.