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Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez

January 3, 2015 — September 13, 2015
 

Ebony G. Patterson

The Passing (Dead Daadi) (installation view, John Michael Kohler Arts Center)

2010–13 cotton, glitter, metal
Courtesy of Hirshberg Collection, LA

Ebony G. Patterson

Swag Swag Krew (from the Out and Bad series) (installation view, John Michael Kohler Arts Center)

2011–14 cotton, velvet, lace, plastic, mixed media
Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, IL

Ebony G. Patterson

Wilted Rosez (detail)

2014 cotton, metal, glitter, plastic, glass, mixed media
Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, IL. Commissioned by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Ebony G. Patterson

Where We Found Them (detail)

2014 cotton, plastic, lace, glitter, mixed media
Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, IL. Commissioned by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center
 

DEAD TREEZ explored social and political issues within the gender-bending subculture of Jamaica’s dancehall community. Combining the rhythms of reggae, digital sounds, and rapid-fire DJ lyrics, dancehall music was popularized in Jamaica during the 1970s. Generally viewed as a celebration of the disenfranchised in postcolonial Jamaica, dancehall culture emerged from the marginalized youth culture of Kingston’s ghettos.

In this exhibition, Jamaican-born Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaica and KY) examined the pageantry of the dancehall culture and revealed it to be much more than spectacle; it is also a window onto working-class Jamaican society. The exhibition included six new eye-popping tapestries adorned with glitter, silk flowers, rhinestones, and other dancehall references, plus a life-size figural tableau of ten male mannequins, dressed in a kaleidoscopic mix of floral fabrics.

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