Technicolor Fragments Depict Human Figures in an Ambiguous State Between Construction and Deconstruction

Technicolor Fragements Depict Human Figures in an Ambiguous State Between Construction and Deconstruction by Derrick Adams

February 24th – April 1st, 2017

Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist whose work destabilizes the cultural understanding of urban and identity politics through performance, collage, sculpture and installation. His practice focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, exploring self image and forward projection. His ongoing collage series, “Deconstruction Worker,” is motivated by architectural vocabulary. Influenced by the exploration of the urban dweller, Adams implements geometric constructions of human figures in an ambiguous state between construction and deconstruction. This series will be on display at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery through April 1st, 2017 in Chicago.

Technicolor Fragements Depict Human Figures in an Ambiguous State Between Construction and Deconstruction by Derrick AdamsTechnicolor Fragements Depict Human Figures in an Ambiguous State Between Construction and Deconstruction by 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. He frequently reconfigures familiar objects; for one series he updated mass-produced African figurines, turning them into superhero-like icons.

Technicolor Fragements Depict Human Figures in an Ambiguous State Between Construction and Deconstruction by Derrick Adams

“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.

images courtesy of Rhona Hoffman Gallery.

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