Derrick Adams' New Abstract Portraits Spotlight Everyday Lives of Black Community

As part of an upcoming solo show titled “The Ins and Outs: Figures in the Urban Landscape.”

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Brooklyn-based artist Derrick Adams is widely-known for his vivid paintings that merge the genres of cubism, abstraction, and figuration. With his multi-genre artworks, Adams predominantly raises issues within the collective Black community. The artist will soon launch a new body of colorful portrait compositions as part of an upcoming exhibition at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago. Entitled “The Ins and Outs: Figures in the Urban Landscape,” the presentation marks the gallery’s third solo show with Adams.

“Speaking to a legacy of perseverance in the Black community, Adams’ new paintings unfold the twists and turns, joys and struggles of navigating life in an urban context,” said the gallery in a press statement. “With this work, Adams continues his ongoing project of creating space to imagine alternative narratives; he seeks to empower his viewers with fulfillment and dignity, proposing that awareness of one’s own cultural capital can be foundational to Black autonomy.”

The exhibition will run through May 31 – July 6, visit Rhona Hoffman Gallery’s website to learn more.

In other notable presentations, acclaimed British artist Paul Insect will soon launch a new solo exhibition with Allouche Gallery in Paris called “There’s More Upstairs.”

Rhona Hoffman Gallery
1711 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

 

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. . Derrick Adams The Ins and Outs: Figures in the Urban Landscape Opening 5/31 – 7/6 @rhonahoffmangallery . Rhona Hoffman is thrilled to present The Ins and Outs: Figures in the Urban Landscape, the gallery’s third solo exhibition with Brooklyn-based artist Derrick Adams. Speaking to a legacy of perseverance in the Black community, Adams’ new paintings unfold the twists and turns, joys and struggles of navigating life in an urban context . A continuation of Adams’ Deconstruction Worker series (2010–), the constructed portraits depict the everyday with a style drawn from Modernism and the idealized and exaggerated forms of traditional African sculpture, also taking inspiration from contemporary pop culture and vernacular scenes from the artist’s life. Rendered in a cubist style, the subjects are framed by abstracted city streets on which miniature model automobiles break free of the two-dimensional plane. The city grid speaks to the paradox of movement and progress—both individual and collective—within the confines of existing paths. Whether posed or caught in motion, the subjects are surrounded by an environment that adjusts to accommodate each individual. For Adams, the works suggest that “we are who we are because our presence is strong enough to also inform the spaces we occupy.” . With this work, Adams continues his ongoing project of creating space to imagine alternative narratives; he seeks to empower his viewers with fulfillment and dignity, proposing that awareness of one’s own cultural capital can be foundational to Black autonomy . “Figure in the Urban Landscape 30”, 2019 (acrylic paint, ink, graphite, grip tape, model cars, fabric on paper collage, on wood panel) 60” x 60” x 2 1/2”

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