Derek Cracco
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From Here To There 2011
These works use collaged ephemera, such as romance novels, fifties pin ups, and men’s health magazines to explore society’s fantasies and fascination with romance. The imagery challenges the viewer to consider the ideals promoted by these pulp publications, and to compare them with the realities of their own lives and the concepts of romantic love.

I see this as an opportunity to explore diverse avenues within my aesthetics. As Maslow's hierarchy of needs suggests, romantic love is frivolous, a flight of fancy. My visual interrogation of Maslow’s concept allows me the freedom to explore and create more playful compositional structures. At the same time, I remain focused on my investigations of masculine and feminine archetypes, and the roles these idealized men and women play within our fantasies.