Derrick Adams (born 1970 in Baltimore, ML) is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist unabashedly captivated by popular culture. He culls content from TV commercials and YouTube to fuel his radically prescient multidisciplinary practice, which includes photography, performance, sculpture, and collage—all of it built upon openness, playfulness, and the potential for participation. "Floaters" is a series of large-scale works on paper exploring ideas of celebration, highlighting the Black figure in the context of contemporary culture and leisure. With a nod to cultural perseverance, the display gives perspective to the creative output and outlet of Black America as a reaction to the joys and struggles of just being. Adams' seriocomic approach is achieved through a series of figurative mixed media painting-collages and installations. These works function both as individual vignettes and as a nonlinear narrative. Each floater is a swath of deep blue acrylic on paper that incorporates collaged elements of vivid African prints and other graphic textiles depicting swimming pool scenes of figures in states of rest and play on inflatable and whimsical pool floats. African heritage and American nationalism are central to the conversation taking place and the works explore this relationship, offering not only a commentary on the joy of the present but also, presenting a direction for the future.
Born 1984 in Northampton, UK, Daniel Crews-Chubb’s paintings are a wrestle with his primary influences - primitive and ancient art, deities ritual and anthropology, a primordial search for the authentic and unrefined, on-line pornography and the repetition of poses and imagery, the greats of modernist painting, and an heavy feeling of indeptedess to the history of mark making from cave paintings to the abstract and Neo expressionists. The aesthetic is seemingly unfinished yet at the same time worked and reworked to create hard won layered imagery that in its final form has found a sense of balance or rightness that lets him stop. His materials: oil, acrylics,spray paint, sand and dry media such as charcoal and pastel are used with abandon, un-stretched / re-stretched, scraped back and over painted. The viewer is offered a moment captured from the dynamic of production.
Jordan Nassar, born 1985, lives and works in New York City. Nassar’s work addresses the intersection of craft, language, history, (geo)politics, and technology. Beginning with the intricacies of identity and cultural participation, as a Palestinian-American, Nassar treats traditional craft more as medium than topic, examining subjects such as cultural heritage, ownership, exchange and absorption; emigrant nostalgia for the 'homeland' and its generational repercussions; geography, politics, and orientalism; symbology, codes and language systems; superstition and religious belief; post-internet visual language; and representational and geometric abstraction.