Derek Lerner
Since 2006
Works in New York United States of America

Born 1974, Jacksonville, FL; Derek Lerner is a New York City-based artist with a BFA degree from the Atlanta College of Art. His work explores systems: the creation, control, and use of them. architectonic. power, media, information, misinformation, semantics, sociology, culture: counter-culture/over the counter culture, chaos, order, law, code, organized crime, databases, marketing, consumerism, transportation, etc.

Lerner has shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL, the Centre d’Exposition de Val-d’Or in Quebec, Canada, 31GRAND gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and Tomoya Saito Gallery in Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan. He is also the co-author of "GH avisualagency", currently available at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Tate Modern in London....CurriculumVitae: EDUCATION: 1995: B.F.A, Atlanta College of Art.SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 2003: ONEHUNDREDEIGHT Freestyle Drawings On Cardboard, Tomoya Saito Gallery, Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan. 2001: DL27 SHOWROOM, New York, NY. SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2006: "Draw", Fuse Gallery, New York, NY: Invitational Alumni Exhibition, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville, FL. 2005: FUFI FUFI, TypeStereo & Freegums mobile gallery, Art Basel, Miami, FL. Job 36:1, GH avisualagency collaboration 222gallery, Philadelphia, PA. My Moleskine, Tsutaya Tokyo Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan. TRAFIC, Centre d’exposition de Val-d’Or, Val-d’Or (Québec). 2003: BLING, Derek Lerner and Tom Sanford, 31GRAND, Brooklyn, NY. 2002: the big group show, M3Projects Gallery, Graphic Havoc collaboration, New York, NY. SK8 ON THE WALL, Graphic Havoc collaboration, Gallery Rocket, Tokyo, Japan. XHAND, 222gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Coded Language, City Gallery Chastain, Atlanta, GA. VERSION>02, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL. 2001 Looser Graffiti, FAXWARS collaboration, YoungBlood Gallery, Atlanta, GA. ARKITIP EXHIBITION002, Graphic Havoc collaboration, alife, New York, NY. Krylon and Beyond 2, YoungBlood Gallery, Atlanta, GA. 1999: transparent horizons, MACHINE collaboration, NEXUS Atlanta Contemporary Art Center , Atlanta, GA. 1995: Senior Exhibition, The Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Drawing, gallery 100, Atlanta, GA. 1994: Printmaking, Gallery 100, Atlanta, GA.
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"Destroy Television" exhibition @ Fuse Gallery in NYC & GHava{SL} Center for the Arts in Second Life

Wed May 23, 2007 00:00 - Sat Apr 21, 2007

Futurist Jerry Paffendorf and metaverse architect Christian Westbrook to exhibit "Destroy Television", an interactive virtual art installation, concurrently at Fuse Gallery in NYC and GHava{SL} Center for the Arts in Second Life.

GHava{SL} Center for the Arts is proud to announce "Destroy Television", an interactive virtual art installation by futurist Jerry Paffendorf and metaverse architect Christian Westbrook. This exhibition will occur simultaneously in the metaverse Second Life as well as in NYC at Fuse Gallery. It opens May 23, runs through June 2, 2007. It is curated by Annie Ok of GHava{SL} Center for the Arts.

Born and raised beneath a kitchen sink in Brooklyn, Destroy Television is an avatar in the user-created 3D virtual world of Second Life. But unlike other avatars that are owned and controlled by individuals, Destroy is an expression of everyone who controls and speaks through it at As a result it encompasses many simultaneous voices and motivations, of which any given user can be one. For the duration of the show it will be recording a searchable video lifelog of its experience that visitors can easily explore, edit, and comment on. They can also click through its live online video and visit Destroy as an avatar inside Second Life, surf over to its lifelog afterwards and find themselves in its perfect memory as part of the menagerie. Additionally on display in Fuse Gallery and at GHava{SL} Center for the Arts will be an installation documenting Destroy's real life conception beneath the kitchen sink as well as its early days in Second Life.

Destroy Television unleashes numerous true intelligences on a world that's simultaneously finite and limitless. People who visit the avatar in real life at the gallery and in Second Life at the art center will be encouraged to interact, communicate, and perform with the avatar, and by doing so enter its lifelog, unforgettably.



Jerry Paffendorf is resident futurist with The Electric Sheep Company where he explores the future of virtual worlds and how they're coming to intersect with and impact the real world. Previously he worked with the nonprofit Acceleration Studies Foundation who research accelerating technological change, why it happens and what it means. He has an MS in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a BFA in Fine Arts from Montclair State University in New Jersey. He's always talking at conferences, pushing new projects, lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and believes the 21st century will be absolutely insane as the web goes everywhere all the time and we turn the world into something like a video game and ourselves into something like avatars.

Christian Westbrook is a creative technologist who constantly seeks new ways to merge code, music, and art. He currently is metaverse architect for The Electric Sheep Company, building bridges between real and virtual worlds and improving open source tools that enable others to create. Christian has a BS in Computer Science from Rice University, where DTV's older brother, a robot named Virgil, still gives tours on sunny days, and is a big fan of sushi and Ableton Live.

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Jerry Paffendorf & Christian Westbrook: "Destroy Television"
Opens May 23, runs through June 2, 2007

Fuse Gallery
93 2nd Ave
(between E 5th & E 6th)
NY, NY 10003
Phone: +1.212.777.7988

GHava{SL} Center for the Arts is located at
Haenim (11, 114, 550) in Second Life


GHava{SL} Center for the Arts ayou are herea exhibition sets precedent in Second Life

Fri Feb 23, 2007 00:00 - Fri Feb 23, 2007

February 21, 2007

Contact: Derek Lerner, GHava{SL} Center for the Arts
718-388-5519 /

GHava{SL} Center for the Arts inaugural exhibition, “you are here”, sets precedent by showing top New York artists' work in Second Life for 1st time.

GHava{SL} Center for the Arts is proud to announce the opening of its inaugural exhibition, "you are here", featuring the artwork of New York's brightest talent: Andre Razo, Bryan Collins, Cameron Martin, Cheryl Dunn, David Merten, Erik Foss, Ivory Serra, J Penry, John Minh Nguyen, Kim Bennett, Kimberly Stillman, Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Patrick O'Dell, Peter Rentz, Rostarr, Ryan Coleman, Sadek Bazaraa, and Shelter Serra.

GHava{SL} Center for the Arts is a virtual exhibition space showing the work of selective artists, based in the metaverse Second Life. "you are here" will take place 1,805 ft high in the sky, in one of GHava{SL}'s several 16,533 sq ft glass galleries. It was curated by artists Annie Ok (Xantherus Halberd in SL) and Derek Lerner (Rhizome Szydlowska in SL) who also conceived of and did the environmental design for the art center. GHava{SL} Center for the Arts is made possible by the sponsorship of GH avisualagency.

This will be the first time that any of these artists have exhibited in Second Life. The roster includes those who have shown previously at such prestigious institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Alleged Galleries, Deitch Projects, Andrea Rosen Gallery, Creative Time's The Brooklyn Anchorage, Bronwyn Keenan, American Fine Arts, Thread Waxing Space, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery and many others worldwide.

"you are here" sets a monumental precedent, enabling Second Life residents from all over the globe to experience the best that the contemporary New York art movement has to offer in an immersive online 3D medium. It is just the beginning of many more exciting exhibitions at the GHava{SL} Center for the Arts.

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“you are here”

Opens March 1, 2007

GHava{SL} Center for the Arts is located at
Haenim (11, 114, 550) in Second LIfe