International artists Nick Cave and Ebony G. Patterson will be on site for a free public talk to kick off the newest exhibition at Onsite Gallery, “The Sunshine Eaters.” The conversation will be moderated by curator Lisa Deanne Smith. It takes places on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:00pm, at OCAD University (100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario). The exhibition and opening receptions takes place from 8:00 to 10:00pm at Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond Street West). It runs through January 10 to April 15, 2018.
“The Sunshine Eaters” is an original multi-sensory exhibition that highlights how artists and designers look to the land and its plants, flowers and trees as a means to imagine and conjure hope in the face of local and global crises. Featuring work by: Shary Boyle, Nick Cave, Robert Holmes, Jim Holyoak, Brian Jungen, Jessica Karuhanga, Alexandra Kehayoglou, Nina Leo and Moez Surani, Tony Matelli, Alanis Obomsawin, Ebony G. Patterson and Winnie Truong.
Nick Cave is an artist, educator and foremost a messenger, working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. Cave exhibits internationally and recently presented a massive immersive installation Until at MASS MoCA (MA). His works are in many collections including at the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian. Cave is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery.
In much of her work, Jamaican artist Ebony G. Patterson explores the use of feminine gendered adornment in the construct of urban masculinity within the dancehall community and in popular culture. She embellishes photographic tapestries by hand with beading, sequins, fabric and jewelry – the resulting works are visually seductive, while revealing underlying questions about beauty, performance, stereotyping and race. Patterson has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Frieze, Interview, Vogue, and The International Review of African American Art. Patterson is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery (IL).
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[Images: (left) Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2015, mixed media including vintage toys and globes, wire, fabric, metal and mannequin, 104″ x 50″ x 44.” © Nick Cave. Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. (right) Ebony G. Patterson, Bad Pickney from the Fambily series, 2013, mixed media on hand-embellished, jacquard woven tapestry with 56 fabric balloons, dimensions variable. © Ebony G. Patterson. Collection of Dr. Paul Marks, Toronto. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.]