Significant Other at Elon University

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Significant Other at Elon University


March 14 – April 15, 2014
RECEPTION: Monday, March 17, 12:30pm – 2:30pm

ARTIST TALK: Monday, March 17, 5pm – 6pm

406 W. Haggard Ave.
Elon, NC 27244

Significant Other, the conceptual sequel to Patrick Earl Hammie’s 2008 project Imperfect Colossi, presents a female and a male figure locked in a physical dialogue, hefting weight, and relocating the perceptions of ruined and objectified bodies that recall and carry on complex legacies of suffering and struggle. Drawing on the emotive qualities of Romanticist painting and its use of heroic proportions to engage with political and humanistic expression, he imagines bodies as occasions for us to encounter difference toward considering their capacity for establishing new narratives. Perhaps more than any other form of image-making, figurative paintings have often been interpreted as a reflection of the values of period in which it is produced. Hammie’s work investigates the expectations built into this canonical genre, probing and dismantling the idealizing impulses that have historically shaped it. He focuses specifically in his practice on constructions of gender and race, putting pressure on these categories as a means of expanding understanding of identity.