Exploring Derek Courtney’s “Folklore of Labor”

Derek Courtney is an Omaha-based artist whose time spent growing up in rural West Virginia led to his current exhibition "Folklore of Labor." The exhibition depicts similarities Courtney identified between modern day blue collar workers and manual laborers from the early 20th century. We asked Courtney a few questions about himself, his work and how…
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Folklore of Labor: Derek Courtney

Folklore of Labor Derek Courtney July 7-August 28 Embedded with autobiographical references, “Derek Courtney: Folklore of Labor” addresses the human and environmental costs of labor practices in the United States. Growing up in rural West Virginia, his heritage is wedded to the deterioration of communities and people through historically problematic factory practices. Courtney’s varied work…
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