Our congratulations to Ebony G. Patterson, who was featured in the Huffington Post article “These Are The Artists To Watch In 2015,” by Priscilla Frank. Another Caribbean-born artist she mentions is Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso, from Cuba. Other artists on the list are Marlene Mocquet, Mika Tajima, Brian Belott, Ajay Kurian, Rainer Fetting, Jesse Greenberg, Elena Stonaker, Lucy Kim, and Daiga Grantina. Frank writes:
Good news, art world. Art Basel Miami Beach has come to a close and your various social media feeds will soon return to their normal states. You can exhale now. The past week came with sunshine, booze, celebrities, hotels, hangovers, tiny food on long skewers, dirty looks, slinky ensembles, unforgivable fedoras, and, of course, the art.
We’ve compiled a list of the 11 artists whose work stood out amongst the hundreds on view. Artists from around the world and across the board in genre and medium. Artists whose work was even greater a treat than a much-needed espresso after a day of fair hopping. Here they are — the 11 artists heating up Miami Beach this winter. Keep an eye on them in the art-centric year to come.
About Patterson, Frank says:
Monique Meloche Gallery was filled with this Jamaican artist’s brilliantly patterned coffins, adorned with fringe, beads, flowers and lace. The fixtures, which represent the murders that took place in Trinidad during the week of Patterson’s residency in Port of Spain, couple a fanciful first impression with a macabre aftertaste.
About Castillo Pedroso, Frank writes:
Pedroso, based in Cuba, was born with severe hearing loss and thus has spent most of her life communicating through non-traditional methods. She visually expresses herself using a repeated pattern of brightly colored figures, at once hyper-macho and occasionally androgynous. The nude forms, resembling pro-wrestlers or mythical demons, are cut-out and installed on the wall of her family’s home with the help of meticulously applied tape.