5 Questions: Derek Erdman

BEDROOM_WHALE Bedroom Whale © Derek Erdman

Derek Erdman is an artist living in Chicago, Illinois. You can see more of his work here.

1. What’s been keeping you up at night?

Eh, I try not to worry about much and I usually load up on 2mg on Melatonin around midnight. I had to draw a hard line against worrying because there’s too much to worry about. I just had to give my mother $10k to save her house and a major Chicago news source abruptly closed. But I’m real happy to be back in Chicago and the winter is drawing near, which is nice. But really, I hardly have $10k to give to anybody. Sometimes I get struck with that, “oh no, what am I going to do?” feeling. But I’ve been able to stop caring, probably taking a chunk of my empathy with it. I’m pretty sure wolves have no empathy, but I’m not a wolf yet.

No Empathy Wolf 11/2017 © Derek Erdman

2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
Protomartyr from Detroit played in Chicago last month, that was the best live shows I’ve seen in ages. Plus being back here and visiting the Art Institute has been really fucking refreshing. The Thorne Miniature Rooms Room is one of my favorite places in the world. The Seattle Art Museum is pretty good. Well maybe “just okay.” They had the Yayoi Kusama exhibit a few months ago and I made an (almost) exact replica of one of her paintings. It only cost $37 to make, I think she sells them for $750k. Designer Imposters are where it’s at.

Hers Vs Mine 11/2017 © Derek Erdman

3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
Oh, nothing very exciting. It’s really important for me to have my living space “just right” before I can do anything else, so after moving here 1.5 months ago, I’ve finally gotten around to figuring out where everything goes. I’ve spent a week or so moving things 3-4 inches to the left and right. I did paint a giant blue whale to hang over the bed, it’s important to have a nice thing over your bed, I think. It looks like a catalog in there, it’s almost embarrassing. Those books aren’t even posed, that’s just where they ended up (just kidding).

4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?
Eh, my team is all full up. I’m an only child, so I prefer to go it alone. Plus I get fussy with too many cooks in the kitchen. I sound like I’m 10 years old, literally and figuratively.

By Studio publicity still (Dr. Macro) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?
Nothing to See Here, Move Along Starring Montgomery Clift. Unless that’s too long of a title.