Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist working in performance, video, sound and 2D and 3D realms. His practice focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, exploring self image and forward projection.
A recipient of a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and 2014 S.J. Weiler Award, Adams received his MFA from Columbia University, BFA from Pratt Institute, and is a Skowhegan and Marie Walsh Sharpe alum.
His exhibition and performance highlights include: Greater New York '05, MoMA PS1; Open House: Working In Brooklyn '04, Brooklyn Museum of Art; PERFORMA ‘05, ‘13, ‘15; Radical Presence & The Shadows Took Shape, Studio Museum in Harlem; The Channel, Brooklyn Academy of Music; and is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Birmingham Museum of Art.
His work can be seen in New York at Tilton Gallery; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Gallerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris; and Vigo Gallery, London.
An unscripted performance "Ask The President" uses the image of the dollar as the framework to reflect the monument/mountain while the artist animates the hectic duties of our leader presented as a lesson in how to apply the 5 W's we once learned as children. This performance is set to an original soundtrack entitled, The President’s March.
“Go Stand Next to the Mountain” is a live performance with a portable 5 sided sculpture and video projections presented at The Kitchen, NYC in 2010. This selected video component was presented as projected interludes between acts and borrows from a style mostly inspired by educational television programming. The performance compares man to mountain, mountain to monument and monument to monumental figure. The 5 short interludes: “GO,” “Stand,” “Next,” “M is for...,” and “Word Play”; reinforce the theme as well as deconstruct the concept of the performance.