Conceptual artist Derrick Woods-Morrow is a manipulator of systems, configuring bodies to interact within his work while attempting to control interlopers by forming installations consisting of queer-coded seductions.
Navigating and negotiating sexual fantasy through photography, sculpture, printmaking and performance, he weaves together autobiographical objects for intimate engagements that ask viewers to encounter his childhood experiences in close proximity of his adulthood sexual encounters.
Born and raised on the edge of Greensboro, North Carolina, Woods-Morrow currently resides in Chicago after a brief stint in Boston. He pulls from his experiences of migration from the rural South to the Northern states, as a way to speak to social climates addressing race, labor, and sexualities.
Woods-Morrows work has been shown in various national group exhibitions, including multiple group exhibitions in Chicago, Virginia, & New York. His first stint with an international audience was last Summer at the Xpace Cultural Center in Toronto, Canada and in September 2017 his first solo exhibition will take place at the Vandernoot Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts.
He is the recipient of the 2015 Professional-Development Fellowship in the Visual Arts by the College Association of Art and is also a Terry Plumming Scholar. He has attended ACRE Residency, the Fire Island Artist Residency, and was the LATITUDE Artist-in-Residence in March of this year. He recently completed his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received the Graduate Dean Professional Development Award and Carol Becker Merit Scholarship. He currently is an Adjunct Professor of Photography and Teaching Artist at the University of Illinois, Chicago.