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Meet SOAPBOX Featured Print Artist Derrick Adams

Meet Derrick Adams, SOAPBOX 2014 Featured Print Artist.

In the weeks leading up to our SOAPBOX benefit, we’re publishing a series of interviews to highlight some of the awesome artists participating in the event. Next up is featured print artist Derrick Adams. Check out Shade, a special edition print by Derrick, available now.


What is your name?

Derrick Adams.


Your bio, in six words or less:

Multidisciplinary Brooklyn-based artist.


What is your neighborhood?

Bed-Heights (Bed Stuy/Crown Heights border)


What inspired you to support The Laundromat Project?

I know artists who’ve worked with The Laundromat Project and I appreciate the programming.


Can you tell us about your process of producing Shade?

The print presents light and dark through the form of a lamp and the shadow cast on the wall, rendered through a collage of wallpaper, photo and pencil.


Derrick Signing Print

In a few words, tell us about your creative process. What motivates or inspires your work?

My work is inspired by people who occupy the urban space, primarily the non-artist moving artfully through the day.


Please tell us about an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you.

It would be an activist, I am most moved by that form of risk-taking.


Favorite book, movie, or album about NYC?

The Wiz (NYC as Oz).


What do you love most about your neighborhood?

I’ve lived in many neighborhoods in Brooklyn. What I enjoy about all of them is discovering other creative minds living around me.


Do you have any upcoming shows or exhibitions scheduled? How can people find out more about your work?

I have an upcoming solo exhibition at Jack Tilton Gallery, NY, opening in September, 2014.


For more info, please visit the following:


What other artists’ work or exhibitions are you looking forward to and can recommend?

Carrie Mae Weems at the Guggenheim.


Anything else you want to tell us?

Art is important.





Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York–based artist with practices rooted in Deconstructivist philosophies and the formation and perception of ideals attached to objects, colors, textures, symbols and ideologies. Exhibition and performance highlights include: MoMA PS1 Greater New York 2005, PERFORMA 05, Brooklyn Museum Open House, The Kitchen NYC 2010, The Bearden Project at the Studio Museum in Harlem 2011/12, a four-night solo performance in BAM’s new Fisher Theater in September 2012, and a solo exhibition at Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, 2013.

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