In her mixed-media work, Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaican, born Kingston Jamaica 1981, lives Kingston, Jamaica, works Lexington, KY) investigates shifting and contradictory gender roles in Jamaican Dancehall and gang culture. She explores contemporary notions of fashion and masculine beauty, considering practices like skin bleaching, eyebrow shaping, and flamboyant dressing that are common among both of these sub-cultures. For her first solo exhibition in Chicago, Patterson will present a series of exquisitely drawn, painted, collaged, and bejeweled works on paper and will introduce a new series addressing the ramifications of extraditing Jamaican drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke. After the US began requesting his extradition in 2009, the Government of Jamaica issued a warrant for Coke's arrest in May 2010. As a result, the city of Kingston was placed under a state of emergency and 72 alleged “Dudus” supporters were killed. Mostly young men, these masked martyrs are the subjects of Patterson’s newest series of 72. A trio of Patterson’s lavishly embellished tapestries Gully Godz in Conversation Revised that opened as our 4th “on the wall” project in January will remain on view through the run of her exhibition. It is visible 24/7 and should not be missed at night!
Patterson holds a BFA from Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica and earned her MFA in 2006 from the Sam Fox College of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2007 her work was featured in the group exhibition Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art curated by Tumelo Mosaka at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Since her inclusion in our 2008 exhibition Boys of Summer, her work has been included in exhibitions in NY at Kravets/Wehby and Praxis Gallery, Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT, Santa Monica Art Museum, French Alliance Foundation in Paris, Fondation Clement in Martinique, National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, and the Ghetto Biennial 2009 in Haiti. Currently her work included in exhibitions at the National Biennial of Jamaica and the Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC. Patterson is an Assistant Professor in the Painting Department at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
Our 4th on the wall project!
Patterson’s Gully Godz in Conversation Revised continues through March 26th!