Derek Knox’s work is a response to the experience of exploring places as represented by Google Streetview – an activity that became increasingly frequent and symbolic after the restrictions brought about by the pandemic were placed on societal movement. He uses the program to examine places and architectural structures that resonate with his own personal history – often areas and buildings that are now permanently altered from his memories or which have vanished entirely in an ever-changing city.

I appropriate imagery from the programs consistently renewed pool to make artworks which serve as a lament for the threatening of historic structures by encroaching modernity. Through sampling, pre-existing compositions are subject to a process of translation and re-staging, imbued with alternative meaning.

The works reflect a world overloaded with images, and paintings parallels with both the screen and image-based technology. The result is essentially landscape painting as dictated by the digital age and the internet, without omitting graphic details and glitches. Sometimes the figures frozen within this alternate world appear, with other seemingly accidental elements, questioning Streetview’s intentions. Whether the object intruding on the road is impeding Google’s efforts, or if Google is there to document this situation”.

Derek graduated with a BA (Hons) Painting & Printmaking GSA 2022. We were delighted to feature his work in our highlight ‘Best of Scottish Art Schools Grad Show 2022’.