The Sand is Ours, the debut solo exhibition of artist Derrick Woods-Morrow, is comprised of photographs and sculpture created during, and inspired by Woods-Morrow’s residency at the Fire Island Artist’s Residency (FIAR). His work explores social systems by manipulating them, performing within them, and redirecting their power in order to nuance how stereotypes, binaries, race and power perform in gay male culture. The Sand is Ours delves deeper into the investigation of the artist’s personal relationships and the codes and contracts they establish; it speaks directly to the visual culture of queer persons while providing “outsiders” an intimate glimpse into a private world.
Born and raised in rural North Carolina, Derrick recently completed his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently is an Adjunct Professor of Photography at the University of Illinois Chicago. For more information about Derrick or his work, please visit derrickwoodsmorrow.com.