Join esteemed international artists Nick Cave and Ebony G. Patterson for a free public talk to kick off the newest exhibition at Onsite Gallery, The Sunshine Eaters. Moderated by curator Lisa Deanne Smith.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018:
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.
Jamaican-born artist Ebony G. Patterson’s works employ opulent surfaces and brightly colored patterns to seduce the viewer into confronting the profound social realities contained at their core. Often addressing the use of feminine gendered adornment in the construct of urban masculinity within popular culture, Patterson embellishes photographic tapestries by hand with beading, sequins, fabric and jewelry. Patterson’s aesthetic pulls the viewer in and forces them to bear witness to problematic social conflicts experienced by her subjects. Her works command the viewer to look past the façade – of their rich formal characteristics, of the fabricated fantasies increasingly traded in our consumer and social media-centric culture – and to acknowledge the realities of those not touched by the glitter and gold. The paradoxical means the artist uses to convey this message only emphasizes its urgency and weight. Patterson has had solo exhibitions and projects at many US institutions including The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY (2016); Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, GA (2016); Museum of Art and Design, NY (2015); and SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2016). In 2018, Patterson will have a large-scale solo exhibition at Pérez Art Museum, Miami. She is presented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.
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. Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith.
Exhibition runs January 10 to April 15, 2018.
The Sunshine Eaters is produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Nexus Investments.
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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.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
The Sunshine Eaters is also produced with the support of Nexus Investments.
Onsite Gallery gratefully acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper.