Derek Gelvin

"My experiences within industrial environments have allowed me to appreciate the intuition and absolute inventiveness that can occur as a result of a failed, or 'downed system.' These moments and actions are what stabilize the situation. When something breaks, individuals react and reform to accommodate for this and keep everything running smoothly. These formal explorations exemplify a system that somehow remains intact despite obvious structural flaws, as individual parts or entities must utilize unconventional means to remain as one." - Gelvin


Derek Gelvin's work reflects and comments on the arduous day-to-day happenings within the industrial environments that served as the backdrop to his upbringing. In his Cleveland studio, Gelvin continues to pursue these experiences by working side-by-side with local artists and businesses in an attempt to bridge the gap between art and industry.

Gelvin earned his BFA in Sculpture from The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH. He has shown at Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland; Legation, A Gallery, Cleveland and Embassy Gallery, Cleveland. He is the proprietor, designer, and metal fabricator at DGelvin Studio, Cleveland.


Cleveland Heights, OH

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