Derrick Adams: Architectural Archetypes

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Human Structure Divided, 2012 Mixed Media Collage On Paper 44" X 31" © courtesy of the artist
Derrick Adams: Architectural Archetypes

769 NE 125 Street
North Miami, FL 33161
September 27th, 2012 - November 10th, 2012
Opening: September 27th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

nomi, north miami
305.205.8079/ 786.467.0941
Thursday - Saturday 11am to 6pm


General Audience Presents is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition and the first solo show in Miami of artist Derrick Adams titled “Architectural Archetypes.”

 ARCHITECTURAL ARCHETYPES, a solo exhibition of new works on paper, references structures seen in the cityscape and the presence of humanity within as prototypes made and used as a general model for representation. As a continuation of Adams’ current Deconstruction Worker series (recently exhibited at Jack Tilton Gallery in New York earlier this year) this body of mixed media sculpture and works on paper uses ink, pencil, paint, crayon, printed shelf-liner and other faux surfaces to create minimal geometric constructions of angular human figures that seemingly live both in a state of deconstruction at the same time as if in the process of being built.

Architectural processes and their different presentation strategies are important in the work; footprint, floor plans, elevation sections, visual renderings and the constructed object act as various developmental states and approaches and serve as a comparative investigation into the physical construction of the figure.

Adams’ practice is rooted in Deconstructivist philosophies and perception of ideals attached to objects.  His work focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface while exploring the shape-shifting force of popular culture in our lives.

Learning also functions as both subject and object in his work, which derive from impressionable experiences associated with iconography from American culture, educational television programming, and the institutional critique in contemporary art.  

 Shedding light on persuasive, performative and often duplicitous identities, as well as on architectural objects and iconography, the work he creates reflects the relationship between man and monument as they coexist in the landscape as representations of one another.

Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist.  He received his MFA from Columbia University, a BFA from Pratt Institute, and is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program.  His exhibition and performance highlights include: MoMA PS1, PERFORMA 05, Brooklyn Museum, The Kitchen NYC, Studio Museum in Harlem, and (BAM) Brooklyn Academy of Music.  He is the recipient of a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and an honored finalist for the 2011 William H. Johnson Prize.