Hanging Around (Healing Sausages for Communal Gatherings)  (detail), 2017

Hanging Around (Healing Sausages for Communal Gatherings) (detail), 2017

To Leave No Trace

Derek Franklin

August 24 - September 29 

To Leave No Trace, featuring new ephemeral works by Portland artist Derek Franklin, questions how to heal, de-educate, and challenge the role violence in the United States. In his work, Franklin utilizes the discourse and visual representations of his lived experience within public education, media, and internet trolling. On display in the gallery are sculptures and paintings that point both to the communal mitigation of trauma and the histories of brutality which cause trauma. 

To Leave No Trace 


All leave a trace

Some leave a trace that rejoices in the space in which we heal, build, love and experience each other and the world around us.

Lard Lard

Space is colonized with violence

Look to where the water and air meet

Smell raw bacon

Oil slick on the water


You are a lunatic

Derek Franklin (b. 1981) is an artist based in Portland, Oregon. He received his BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and his MFA from Rutgers University. Recent solo exhibitions include Gray Minstrel (Carl and Sloan Contemporary, Portland: 2015), Mending Capers (Thierry Goldberg, New York: 2015), and Meditation Furniture for Ten Minute Breaks (Document, Chicago: 2015). Franklin's works have also been presented in group exhibitions at Thierry Goldberg (New York: 2014), Andel31 (Copenhagen: 2014), Simone Subal Gallery (New York: 2013), and Soloway (New York: 2013). Franklin is a partner and director at the artist run space Soloway in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently an Assistant Professor and Art Program Director at Marylhurst University in Portland. Derek Franklin is represented by Thierry Goldberg in New York and Document in Chicago.

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Images by Mario Gallucci