Derek Lerner (b.1974, Jacksonville, FL; BFA, The Atlanta College of Art), is an NYC-based artist whose work explores systems: their creation, control, use and experience of them. Lerner's abstract ink on paper drawings co-mingle representations of human-made and natural systems and the tensions between those forces. From an aerial vantage point, his compositions grow, line by line, through an additive, extemporaneous process into fictional spaces that juxtapose these systems, signs, and symbols. They encompass dualities that vacillate between micro and macro scales, dark and light, creation and destruction, human-made and nature-made; functioning as metaphors for ambivalence. In 2015 New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority commissioned Lerner to create permanent public art for the Avenue X subway station on the F train, IND Culver Line in Brooklyn.
Lerner has shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, the Centre d’Exposition de Val-d’Or in Quebec, Canada, BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music, 31GRAND gallery in NY, and Tomoya Saito Gallery in Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan.