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Ebony G. Patterson . . . while the dew is still on the roses . . .

Patterson’s art tills curious notions of time and passage without the usual pretensions that accompany this sort of subject matter. I still remember the experience today, even as the details of the art has slowly faded away. It was brilliant.

Hrag Vartanian,


Ebony G. Patterson . . . while the dew is still on the roses . . . presents the work of artist Ebony G. Patterson, born in Jamaica in 1981. This is the most significant exhibition of the artist’s work to date, presented within a new installation environment that evokes a night garden.

Patterson is known for drawings, tapestries, videos, sculptures and installations that involve surfaces layered with flowers, glitter, lace and beads. Her work investigates forms of embellishment as they relate to youth culture within disenfranchised communities. Her neo-baroque works address violence, masculinity, “bling,” visibility and invisibility within the post-colonial context of her native Kingston and within black youth culture globally. This exhibition focuses on the role that gardens have played in her practice, referenced as spaces of both beauty and burial, environments filled with fleeting aesthetics and mourning.

In the artist’s own words:
Ebony G. Patterson

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Exhibition Opening Party Photos

The museum and artist Ebony G. Patterson welcomed dozens of local journalists, members of the arts community, students, museum members and lenders to the exhibition at preview events. Photos by J Caldwell.

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Ebony G. Patterson . . . while the dew is still on the roses . . . is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami. The exhibition is curated by Tobias Ostrander.

At the Nasher Museum, this exhibition is supported by The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions; Fox Family Foundation; Katie Thorpe Kerr and Terrance I. R. Kerr; Lisa Lowenthal Pruzan and Jonathan Pruzan; Kelly Braddy Van Winkle and Lance Van Winkle; and Parker & Otis.

Ebony G. Patterson is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

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