© Derrick Adams

Not What it Looks Like, 2005
mixed media

Derrick Adams
i'm sorry, i'm lost

Marvelli Gallery is pleased to present "i'm sorry, i'm lost", a solo exhibition by New York artist Derrick Adams. "i'm sorry, i'm lost" features a recent series of colorful sculptures and collage drawings depicting attempts at recapturing youth and reliving a simpler time. The work incorporates images of anonymous adult figures, rosy-cheeked children, fuzzy animal costumes, and reflective surfaces such as Plexi-mirror and Mylar.

This body of work exploits the narrative language and visual construct of children's storybooks and educational television programs, and the fun-loving half-adult/half-child gender-neutral characters used to illustrate them. Adams uses fragmented images from this language in ways that may insinuate sexuality, or recognizable childhood memories. The human-scale furry animal sculptures are pseudo-adults who are fun and playful while simultaneously scary and unsettling as they attempt to push through reflective surfaces back into their own youth.

Adams' collage drawings take on the style of a child's pasting arts and crafts project or a storybook illustration. The drawings portray smiling multi-cultural children and furry-tailed creatures pushing in and out of reflective surfaces together in what could be perceived as innocent playing and exploring, adult sexual behavior, or something in between.

Derrick Adams received his MFA from Columbia University in 2003. He has had residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 2002 and at the Marie Walshe Sharpe Art Foundation in 2004. Derrick has exhibited at Jack Tilton Gallery, P.S. 1, Brooklyn Museum, and Studio Museum in Harlem.

Exhibition: May 19 - June 25, 2005
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 10 am - 6 pm
Other times by appointment.

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