Born in Baltimore, Maryland, 1970
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
Derrick Adams is a Brooklyn-based artist whose strong design sense makes for complex structured assemblages that draw on urban plans and architecture frameworks, fashion, and pop culture. His practice includes painting, sculpture, performance art, and collage, which are all deeply rooted in ideas about the African American experience, the shape of that identity, and persisting stereotypes. Conceptual themes are translated into a hybrid style that has roots in Matisse’s cut outs, Romare Bearden’s collages, and the glossy world of MTV graphics.