Dean DeCocker

Artist Statement

My work is part of a continuing series, “Blue Jackets Return.” From the first winged-shaped structures to the current work, I have been exploring my interest in formal elements by transforming flat, two-dimensional surfaces into three-dimensional objects. I derive much of my inspiration from everyday objects such as mailboxes, aircraft structures, wings and propellers, heavy machinery and architectural works. These objects become conceptual elements, which I transform first into drawings. Then, via techniques of aircraft construction, I have fabricated objects of inner structures and outer coverings that created volumetric enclosures. Recently, my interest in racecar fabrication and finishing and collecting vintage BMX bicycles from the 1970’s has led to subtle changes in structure and color. 2009 has lead me to a return to painting. These paintings reflect my preoccupation with stripes.

The titles of my works have no real meaning, but due to my interest in the construction techniques of World War II aircraft, I take my titles from the World War II battles in the South Pacific.

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Dean DeCocker - <b>Navigational Markers</b>, 2012, acrylic paint, metal, powder coat and wood, 26 x 24 x 14 inches
Dean DeCocker - <b>Out of the Sky</b>, 2012, metal, powder coat, vinyl and wood, 32 x 19 x 6 inches
Dean DeCocker - <b>Night Sortie</b>, 2012, acrylic paint, metal, plastic, powder coat and wood, 36 x 10 x 20 inches
Dean DeCocker - <b>Running at Full Tilt</b>, 2012, acrylic paint, fiberglass, metal, powder coat and wood, 36 x 24 x 20 inches
Dean DeCocker - <b>Welcome to the Pacific</b>, 2012, acrylic paint, metal, powder coat and wood, 24 x 12 x 16 inches
Dean DeCocker - <b>Last Waves</b>, 2012, acrylic paint, metal, powder coat and wood, 13 x 60 x 17 inches
Dean Decocker - <b>Fear or Fury</b>, 2012, acrylic paint, cardboard, metal and powder coat, 41 x 38 x 14 inches