Derek Hibbs: Ramshackle
Exhibition Dates: November 12, 2021 – January 14, 2022 (extended through January 21, 2022)
Opening Reception: Friday, November 12th 5-8pm
Tandem Press is pleased to host Ramshackle, an exhibition of prints by Derek Hibbs, a 2020 MFA graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and former Tandem Press project assistant. Hibb’s work satirically illustrates working-class survival in the face of American class inequality, particularly now in the midst of a pandemic.
1: appearing ready to collapse: RICKETY
2: carelessly or loosely constructed / / a ramshackle plot
An apt title for this body of work, not literally in its construction, but within the content. Some works in this exhibition undoubtedly highly specific ongoing human issues: climate change, inequality, selfishness, and addiction, to name a few. Others function as a reflection or recollection of the self in a time of flux and instability.
The past few years have been turbulent, to say the least. Ramshackle has been a relevant word for how one many feel while enduring the seemingly endless battle of living in a tumultuous political landscape amidst a global pandemic. It describes countless scenarios for those recently brought to the brink of something about to collapse. It also fairly describes a general assertion about society – how we have typically lacked consideration for other throughout human history – something that is gravely needed for us to move forward on planet earth.
Derek Hibbs (b. 1992, Toledo, Ohio) received his BFA in printmaking from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and his MFA in Studio Art (printmaking) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hibbs lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin where he has established a fully functional home print studio. Through this operation, titled Persistence Press, Hibbs collaborates with local artists to produce a wide variety of fine art prints. Hibbs is also currently a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he teaches a variety of 2D media.
This exhibition is made possible through support from the Anonymous Fund.