Human Structure Grounded

About Derrick Adams

In a diverse practice that spans collage, sculpture, performance, drawing, and video, Derrick Adams explores the force of popular culture in our lives and plays with perception in relation to objects and texts. Rooted in deconstructivist philosophies, Adams’s work focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface. He frequently reconfigures familiar objects; for one series he updated mass-produced African figurines, turning them into superhero-like icons. “Most of my work resides in this idea of how outside influences impact the construction of self-image,” he has said. His series "Deconstruction Worker" includes 100 pieces that examine the construction of the figure and image, including collaged profiles of heads composed of mashed-up elements that suggest architectural floorplans.

American, b. 1970, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Group Exhibition: Rhona Hoffman 40 Years, Part 1, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
2015
Rush20: 1995-2015, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Brooklyn
2015
EDITIONS '15, Lower East Side Printshop, New York
2014
Derrick Adams: Borough, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Float, Vigo Gallery, London
2016
Culture Club, Project for Empty Space, Newark
2014
Derrick Adams: Borough, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Group Exhibition: Rhona Hoffman 40 Years, Part 1, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
2016
Technicolor: Derrick Adams & Mike Nemire, Joseph Editions, Columbus
2015
Rush20: 1995-2015, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Brooklyn
2015
Young, Gifted and Black, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
2015
EXPO CHICAGO, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
2015
EDITIONS '15, Lower East Side Printshop, New York
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