Words by Evan La Ruffa, Images by Brian Flannery
Derek Hess opened his show at Rotofugi, it sold well and was a pleasure in person. Rotofugi always curates a good show and this of course was no exception. Derek’s recent works include various sketches, as well as his redefined versions of vintage playboy covers. His interpretations feel like rejections of the female forms that peak from behind. The women he has sketched on top are more real, with a sense of motion and sensuality. This is in direct contrast with the plasticized versions of sexuality offered on the covers, creating a question in the viewers mind. The show runs through early March and is a must-see for anyone coming through Chicago.
This is what Rotofugi has on their site in the “About the Artist” section:
“Internationally-known artist Derek Hess has spent the past twenty years creating fine art & rock poster art that has not only made him a household name, but has also caught the attention of both the Louvre and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where his work is featured in both institutions permanent collections. In addition to numerous CD covers he has been featured on TLC, MTV, Fuse, VH1, Alternative Press, Spin, Juxtapoz Magazine and many others. After years of creating posters and flyers for well-known bands such as Deftones, Thursday, Every Time I Die and Taking Back Sunday, as well as his very popular fine art Hess has finally compiled a book of his much in demand Black and White drawings.”
Kudos to DJ Sean Doe who took care of audio stylings for the night.