For his exhibition at MCA Denver, Derrick Velasquez created two site-specific installations and a series of photographs that use the museum’s architecture and the broader politics of design and urban development. His work features sculptural installation, composed of prefabricated ornate crown molding that adorns the opening into the lower-level gallery of the museum’s David Adjaye building. Velasquez installs these decorative features upside down to call new attention to them. Below the embellished atrium, in the Whole Room Gallery, Velasquez has created a modular sculpture that resembles a Greek key. Photographs of residential property lines in Denver comprise the rest of the gallery, depicting new construction, historic architecture, and barriers that divide or connect new and old buildings.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.