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Derrick Adams “Culture Club”
May 18, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmfree
Project For Empty Space [at] Gateway Project Spaces
2 Gateway Center Concourse Level | Newark, NJ 07102
Project For Empty Space [at] Gateway Project Spaces is pleased to present Culture Club, a solo exhibition by Artist-In-Residence Derrick Adams, on view from May 18th- June 24th, 2016. A limited edition risograph print commemorating the exhibition will be released in conjunction with the opening reception.
Culture Club is a solo project of large-scale works on paper exploring ideas of celebration, highlighting the Black figure in the context of contemporary culture and leisure. With a nod to cultural perseverance, the display gives perspective to the creative output and outlet of Black America as a reaction to the joys and struggles of just being.
Adams’ seriocomic approach in Culture Club is achieved through a series of figurative mixed media painting-collages and installations. A spread of twenty pool-lounging figures, better known as the “Floaters,” traverse the gallery, where they function both as individual vignettes and as a nonlinear narrative. Each floater is a swath of deep blue acrylic on paper that incorporate collaged elements of vivid African prints and other graphic textiles depicting swimming pool scenes of figures in states of rest and play on inflatable and whimsical pool floats. The “Floater” paintings are joined by additional collage works resembling aerial views of table settings of celebratory gatherings and festive unions, communicating collectiveness and family history – past, present and future, surviving and thriving.