|Derrick Adams, Open House, 2014, Mixed media collage on paper, 50 x 50 inches. Image via rhoffmangallery.com.|
February 28 – April 5, 2014
118 North Peoria Street
Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist whose practice is rooted in Deconstructivist philosophies and the perception of ideals attached to objects, colors, textures, symbols and ideologies – and how they are formed. His work focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface while exploring the shape-shifting force of popular culture in our lives.Learning also functions as both subject and object in his work, which derive from impressionable experiences associated with iconography from American culture, educational television programming and the institutional critique in contemporary art. Shedding light on persuasive, performative and often duplicitous identities, as well as on architectural objects and iconography, the work he creates also reflects the relationship between man and monument as they coexist in the landscape as representations of one another.He is alumnus of The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program and received his BFA from Pratt Institute and his MFA from Columbia University. His exhibition and performance highlights include: PS1/MoMA Greater New York (2005), Performa 05, Brooklyn Museum Open House, The Kitchen NYC (2010), Collette Blanchard Gallery (2010) and The Bearden Project at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2011) and a solo exhibit at Hales Gallery in London (2013). He is the recipient of a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and an honored finalist for the 2011 William H. Johnson Prize.Derrick Adams lives and works in New York, NY.