Ivan Forde and Derrick Adams In Conversation


Dense Lightness by Ivan Forde, Installation View

In Conversation: Ivan Forde and Derrick Adams

Wednesday, December 12th | 7pm
This conversation is free to attend by RSVP and will take place at 128 Baxter St. Please RSVP to baxterst@cameraclubny.org.
Suggested Donation $5

To commemorate Ivan Forde’s first solo exhibition, Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York is pleased to host a conversation between Ivan Forde and Derrick Adams on Wednesday, December 12 at 7pm. Forde’s current show, Dense Lightness, is currently on view until January 5, 2019.

Dense Lightness brings together multimedia works from Forde’s interdisciplinary experimentations with cyanotype, drawn from his long-term work and research around the ancient Mesopotamian epic poem Gilgamesh/He Who Saw The Deep. As a form of self-portraiture, the works on view are evidence of the Guyanese-American artist’s examination of ancient narratives and how, through self-exploration, these narratives uncover notions of identity. As a multidisciplinary artist working with performance, installation, portraiture, printmaking and collage, Adams has had a strong influence on Forde’s career as a mentor and fellow artist. Adams has provided Forde with impactful advice on exploring self-image in his work, another common narrative in both the artists’ practices.

Through this exhibition, Baxter St reinforces its commitment to promoting emerging artists and encouraging discourse on lens-based practices. For this conversation, Forde and Adams will dive into Dense Lightness, Forde’s ongoing practice, and examine the work within a larger context, looking at identity and race. The artists will also look at the narrative of epic poetry and the black figure, the artistic practice of working in multimedia and the influence they have on one another.

About Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York

Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York is an artist-run arts organization and exhibition space that supports and activates the community of lens-based contemporary artists by offering workspace residencies, a dynamic program and talk series as well as memberships. Founded in 1884, Baxter St is one of New York’s oldest artist-run nonprofit spaces fostering the development of emerging lens-based artists at critical moments of their careers.

Providing analog and digital workspace to members, exhibiting solo and group shows by emerging artists, hosting dynamic programming and offering competitive workspace residency programs, Baxter St is a catalyst for innovative creation within the artistic mediums of photography and video practices.

Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York operates as a 501(c)3 arts organization and is located at 126 Baxter St and 128 Baxter St. Its programming and exhibitions are supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Jerome Foundation, The Tierney Family Foundation, Steven Amedee Fine Custom Framing, Fujifilm of North America, The Puffin Foundation Ltd., Yarden Winery, and Awagami Factory. Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York is W.A.G.E. certified. The Conversations Series is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.