New large-scale paintings by American artist Derrick Adams exploring the physical and cultural construction of the human form and its role in shaping identity. In particular, these works explore Black feminine empowerment achieved through versatile acts of styling, camouflaging, and costuming.
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. Derrick Adams:Transformers February 10 – April 4, 2020 Luxembourg & Dayan, 2 Savile Row, London W1S 3PA .Opening Reception: February 10, 2020, 6–8 pm . (cover image) Derrick Adams, Style Variation 25, 2019 . London... Luxembourg & Dayan, London is pleased to announce Derrick Adams: Transformers. Opening on February 10, 2020, the exhibition presents striking new large-scale examples from the Beauty World series that Adams began earlier in 2019. Beauty World includes works titled Style Variation, which depict a single figure, and Style Variation Grid, which depict 16 figures. To create these ambitious works, Adams reproduces a digital photograph of a wig mannequin on canvas, then paints various hairstyles and makeup in acrylic atop. The resulting paintings investigate the physical and cultural construction of the human form and its role in shaping identity. In particular, these works explore Black feminine empowerment achieved through versatile acts of styling, camouflaging, and costuming. Beauty World is inspired by the display windows of beauty supply stores, wig shops, braiding and nail salons, and hair boutiques that Adams has observed in his Brooklyn neighborhood. Typical of certain urban areas, these establishments stand as a constant reminder of the possibilities for phys- ical metamorphosis. By reproducing and painting over a mannequin found in these storefronts, the artist pays tribute to these specific social rituals and acts of roleplaying that need not be contex- tualized or understood, to have value. The Style Variation and Style Variation Grid works from his Beauty World series celebrate the extraordinary efforts of those who partake in beautification and self-transformation, for any and all reasons.
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