Ebony Patterson - Art Now! Lecture
Join us for Ebony Patterson's artist lecture hosted by Art and Art History as part of the Art Now! Lecture series.
Image Credit: Courtesy of Ebony Patterson and Monique Meloche Gallery
Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Location: Hokin Lecture Hall, 623 S. Wabash, room 109
Free and open to the public.
About Ebony Patterson:
Patterson’s ongoing body of work explores constructions of the masculine within popular culture from dandyism to hip-hop, examining the tropes of violence and bravado. Through multi-media installations that mimic Jamaican dance halls to elaborately beaded tapestries and costumes, she seeks to measure the masculine by looking at how popular culture contributes to these transformations. Her work examines the similarities and differences between ‘camp aesthetics’ – the use of feminine gendered adornment - in the construct of the urban masculine within popular culture. This body of work raises questions about body politics, performance of gender, beauty, stereotyping, race and ritual.
Materially, the work evolves around the concept of “bling” considering blackness as a hypervisible commodity that drives contemporary consumerism. Her exploration of mixed media ranging from drawing and painting, to installation, street projects, mixed media tapestries, mixed media photographs along with three-dimensional objects and wallpaper expands the discourse formally and conceptually. Her expansive media choices allows for multi-dimensional exploration of image, language and gesture in the construct of gender; presenting or deconstructing notions of masculinity and its parallels with the feminine. The resulting work is decorative, decadent, iconic and confrontational.
623 S Wabash Ave, Room 109, Chicago, IL 60605
South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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