Derrick Adams (b. 1970) Head #4, 2011 Mixed media collage on paper 36 × 35 3/4 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Acquisition Committee 2012.17
Head #4 is part of Derrick Adams’s “Deconstruction Worker” series, which includes portraits based on elevation sections and visual renderings. This work features wallpaper and wood-grain paneling, cut and collaged to imitate the gradations in skin and hair. Adams’s precisely applied geometric forms speak to the outside influences and environmental factors that contribute to the construction of self-image, while his use of commercial materials and a Pop art aesthetic point to the relationship between consumerism and race.