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The Good Gurls + Dereck Higgins + Derek Shockey
February 2, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Join us during February’s Benson First Friday art walk for an art exhibit by Dereck Higgins and Derek Shockey from 6:30pm-8:30pm, and stay for a performance by The Good Gurls Burlesque Troupe at 9pm.
Information about the artists:
Dereck Higgins, born in Omaha comes from a musical/artistic family. Primarily a self taught musician known for his bass playing skills but plays several instruments. Has been involved in a wide variety of bands and musical styles (rock, jazz, punk, electronic, funk, etc.) starting in the 70’s. Bands include Norman & the Rockwells, Digital Sex, RAF, Disco Ranch, InDreama, Son Ambulance, Cleemann and Rikk Agnew Fiasco. Has performed throughout the USA, Europe and Japan and opened for or played with artists such as REM, The Dead Kennedys, Ken Vandermark, Tatsuya Nakatani, Weird Al Yankovic, Melt Banana, 7 Seconds, Toxic Reasons, NOFX and Laraaji. Recently started a record label (DVH Recordings) with 8 titles released so far to a small but worldwide fan base. Dereck creates much of the visual art on his records. Has also done wardrobe creation and supervision for film (Lovely Still, April Showers, The Scientist).
“I paint stuff”
Though I’ve worked as a full-time artist for several years now, I’ve yet to come up with a proper statement or thesis. I find the concept in itself difficult. I mean, to attempt to apply some all-encompassing theme, concept or clear, distant goal to my body of work, to me, seems not only daunting, but quite limiting in many ways. I’ve found that most of my goals change with each series of work, as does the inspiration, the technique, the medium, etc…. not to mention my perception of the world around me.
â€‹Instead, I try to view most of my work as study. Through these studies I’m able to work out various aspects of color, contrast, composition, texture, line, space, medium and technique in preparation for my masterpiece… that will someday reveal itself to me.
Influences include Mark Rothko, Roberto Matta, Gerard Richter, Jean-Michel Basquiat & Egon Schiele.
The Good Gurls are a burlesque performance troupe based out of Omaha, Nebraska. Aerials, fire dancing, hooping, strip tease and so much more!