“On the Wall”: Ebony G. Patterson

Ebony G. Patterson will be at the Monique Meloche Gallery for a conversation with the artist on Saturday, January 15, 2011 as part of the gallery’s “on the wall” series.  The gallery is located at 2154 W. Division in Chicago, Illinois. Her work will be on view until March 26. On Saturday, February 12, there will also be a public reception for the artist from 4:00-7:00pm.

Ebony G. Patterson, Jamaican-born (1981) artist based inJamaica and  Lexington, Kentucky, will have a dynamic mixed-media installation that investigates Jamaican dance hall culture in the gallery’s window facing Division Street. Tumelo Mosaka included Patterson in his 2007 exhibition Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art where he was formerly Associate Curator of Exhibitions. Recently, Mosaka has become the Contemporary Art Curator at the Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois. Patterson’s installation Gully Godz in Conversation-Conversations Revised I, II and III will continue through March 26 as the gallery’s 4th on the wall project.

The on the wall series is a rotation of projects on the gallery’s 10 x 25 foot wall viewed from Division Street through floor to ceiling windows. Designed to engage the community and challenge the white cube notion of “viewing,” the series features site-specific projects in a wide range of media made by an equally diverse group of artists.

Since its inception in January 2010, the “on the wall” series is designed to educate a community that might not have an awareness of contemporary art. The gallery director says, “Not only are we reaching out to the Wicker Park/Bucktown community but also, since the gallery is located at a Division Street bus stop, we are reaching out to a more diverse audience. By engaging people on the street, we hope to bi-step the ill-fitting ‘exclusive’ and ‘intimidating’ art gallery reputation.  [. . .] Whether it is a passenger waiting to take the Division Bus west, a nurse on break from Resurrection Medical Center, or a student on their way home from Roberto Clemente High School, we are hoping to spark a dialogue that begins with the window project but has the potential to continue on to greater cultural issues.”

For more information, see http://www.creativecaribbeannetwork.com/page/13244/en

For more on the gallery, see http://www.creativecaribbeannetwork.com/page/13245/en

3 thoughts on ““On the Wall”: Ebony G. Patterson

    1. Thanks, Ebony. I have made a small correction in the text to indicate that. The best of luck with this exhibit. We follow your work closely, as you can see. We are great fans.

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