Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York based artist working in performance art, painting, sculpture, music and collage. His practice is rooted in Deconstructivist philosophies and the formation and perception of ideals attached to objects, colors, textures, symbols and ideologies. Adams’ work focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, communicating and exploring ideas of self image and forward projection. Adams received his MFA from Columbia University and BFA from Pratt Institute, and is a Skowhegan and Marie Walsh Sharpe alum, as well as a recipient of a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and a 2014 S.J. Weiler Award.
Since 2001, Adams has exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally. His exhibition and performance highlights include: Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, 2004; Greater New York, MoMA/PS1, 2005; PERFORMA ‘05 & ‘13 (commissioned by the Calder Foundation); The Bearden Project, Studio Museum in Harlem, 2011/12; The Channel, BAM Fisher Theater, Brooklyn, 2012; Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, and The Shadows Took Shape, both at the Studio Museum in Harlem, 2013; and Black in the Abstract, Part 2: Hard Edges/Soft Curves, CAMH (Contemporary Art Museum Houston) 2014; and The Entertainer, The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham AL, 2015.