Derek Lerner (b.1974), is an NYC-based artist whose work explores systems: their creation, control, use and experience of them. Lerner's abstract ink on paper drawings co-mingle representations of human-made and natural systems and the tensions between those forces. From an aerial vantage point, his compositions grow, line by line, through an additive, extemporaneous process into fictional spaces that juxtapose these systems, signs, and symbols. They encompass dualities that vacillate between micro and macro scales, dark and light, creation and destruction, human-made and nature-made; functioning as metaphors for ambivalence. In 2015 New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority commissioned Lerner to create permanent public art for the Avenue X subway station on the F train, IND Culver Line in Brooklyn. He has exhibited worldwide and his work is represented by New York gallery, Robert Henry Contemporary.


EDUCATION

1995
B.F.A, Atlanta College of Art

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
VOLTA12, Robert Henry Contemporary, Markthalle, Basel, Switzerland

2015
VOLTA NY, Robert Henry Contemporary, New York, NY

2014
Convenient Gratification, Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

2012
RHV Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

2003
ONEHUNDREDEIGHT Freestyle Drawings On Cardboard, Tomoya Saito Gallery, Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan

2001
Ecko Unltd showroom, New York, NY
DL27 SHOWROOM, New York, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Abstract Art in Dialogue, NYSID Gallery and organized by The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Co-curated by Dr. Zhijian Qian and Dr. Yu Ding, New York, NY

2016
PULSE - Contemporary Art Fair, Robert Henry Contemporary, Miami, FL

2015
Brooklyn Bridge, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY

2012
The 15 Year Anniversary Retrospective, Young Blood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Mapping the Equivocal, Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

2010
Select Media Festival 9: Infoporn II, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL
2010 Conflux Festival, 5 block radius surrounding NYU’s Barney Building, New York, NY
FAD Digital Arts Festival, Quina Galeria, Edificio Maleta, downtown Belo Horizonte , Brazil
August 7 screening, Berkeley Commonplace, Berkeley, CA
Draw, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

2009
Draw, Shooting Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008
Connected Unconscious, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Draw, StolenSpace Gallery, London, UK

2007
Our Space CREAM 5th Anniversary, Kapok, Hong Kong
Draw as part of the SXSW Music-Film + Interactive Festival, Gallery Lombardi, Austin, Texas

2006
Draw, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY
Invitational Alumni Exhibition, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville, FL

2005
FUFI FUFI, TypeStereo & Freegums mobile gallery, Art Basel, Miami, FL
Job 36:1, GH avisualagency collaboration 222gallery, Philadelphia, PA
My Moleskine, Tsutaya Tokyo Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan
TRAFIC, Centre d’exposition de Val-d’Or, Val-d’Or (Québec)
WE BARTER, Life In a Box Project, Fabrica Features, Hong Kong

2003
BLING, Derek Lerner and Tom Sanford, 31GRAND, Brooklyn, NY

2002
the big group show, M3Projects Gallery, Graphic Havoc collaboration, New York, NY
SK8 ON THE WALL, Graphic Havoc collaboration, Gallery Rocket, Tokyo, Japan
XHAND, 222gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Coded Language, City Gallery Chastain, Atlanta, GA
VERSION>02, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2001
Looser Graffiti, FAXWARS collaboration, YoungBlood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
ARKITIP EXHIBITION002, Graphic Havoc collaboration, alife, New York, NY
Krylon and Beyond 2, YoungBlood Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1999
transparent horizons, MACHINE collaboration, NEXUS Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

1995
Senior Exhibition, The Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Drawing, gallery 100, Atlanta, GA

1994
Printmaking, Gallery 100, Atlanta, GA

COMMISSIONS

2015
AVEX(station), Permanent Public Art, MTA Arts & Design, Avenue X station (F train, IND Culver Line), Six 48" x 150" multi-panel laminated glass compositions, Brooklyn, NY

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015
Spatial preoccupations “Brooklyn Bridge” By Rebecca Rafferty, Rochester City Newspaper, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, September 9
Derek Lerner and Bleu Cease. ROCO “Brooklyn Bridge” exhibition. Interview. WUHF Good Day Rochester. Fox Rochester. September 4. Television
Brooklyn Bridge art exhibit at RoCo by Robin L. Flanigan, Democrat & Chronicle, September 6

2014
ARTSEEN "DEREK LERNER Convenient Gratification" by Taney Roniger, "The Brooklyn Rail", July

2007
Interview with Derek Lerner, “Our Space”, CREAM No. 08, Hong Kong, October

2004
GH avisualagency, London, Booth-Clibborn Editions, ISBN 1861542682
MAN VS. MACHINE by Graphic Havoc, “Technology”, BIG No. 51, New York

2003
Übersee 2, “From Surface into Space”, Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin, February
Tray Butler, All in the wrist, “Shelf Space”, Creative Loafing, Atlanta, February 12

2002
Broken Wrist Project, Book 1, Los Angeles, ISBN 0972158707
The Elizabeth Kent Story, Brooklyn, Graphic Havoc, ISBN 097196702X
Derek Lerner SHOW&TELL Fig.A, “Digital Détournement”, Select Magazine #3, Chicago, April