Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes conceptual performances, installations, photography, collage, and sculpture. Adams explores the dialogue between man and monument within a landscape that implicates both. Duplicitous identities abound, along with a vocabulary of architectural objects sourced from popular lifestyle magazines. With influences derived from Black American culture, hip-hop, and the Black Panthers, Adams invents a rich vocabulary in his representation of the ‘modular’ human body, which he approaches as architecture.
Adams has been exhibited widely across the USA and abroad. Group exhibitions include Black Eye at Concept NV (2014); The Shadows took Shape and Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, both at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2013). He has previously performed at MoMA PS1; Performa 05; Performa 13; and the Brooklyn Museum — all in New York, USA. He is a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 2009 and an honoured finalist for the William H. Johnson Prize in 2011.