Yeelen Gallery Continues to Offer Thought-provoking Art

BY SHERYL ESTRADA, HUFFPOST ARTS & CULTURE Karla Ferguson, owner/director of Yeelen Gallery (photo provided)  The constructs of law and the concept of art formed a connection for attorney Karla Ferguson resulting in the Yeelen Gallery. I asked Ferguson, owner and director of the gallery, after almost a year in its location, what she wanted people to know. “I’d like people to know that we’re here, and that we’re doing work that has a social message,” she shared with me during my visit to her artistic realm located at 294 N.W. 54th St., Miami in the area known as Little Haiti. …

Curator’s Choice National Self-Portrait Exhibition

BY SERGIO GOMEZ July 18 – August 30, 2014 RECEPTION: Friday, July 18, 7pm – 10pm ZHOU B ART CENTER 1029 W. 35th St. Chicago, IL 60609 The National Self Portrait Exhibition was born in 2005 at then 33 Collective Gallery as a way to explore and document the long history, and practice of self portraiture in contemporary art. This year, the National Self-Portrait Exhibition comes to an end as it reaches its tenth year anniversary. To celebrate the 10th and final exhibition, curator Sergio Gomez has personally invited a selection of artists from the last ten years.

Q & A with 365 Days | 365 Artists

BY FRANK JUAREZ GALLERY + GREYMATTER GALLERY I recently participated in a Q & A collaborative project that features a new artist each day during 2014. Read below or view original post. PATRICK EARL HAMMIE – CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS 365 DAYS | 365 ARTISTS: Briefly describe the work you do. PATRICK EARL HAMMIE: Perhaps more than any other form of image-making, figurative painting has often been interpreted as a reflection of the values of period in which it is produced. My work investigates the expectations built into this canonical genre, probing and dismantling the idealizing impulses that have historically shaped it. I focus specifically on …

Interview with MODA Magazine

BY BRONTE MANSFIELD MODA Magazine and I recently sat down for an interview. Read below or view original post. THE GALLERINA: SIGNIFICANT OTHER-INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST PATRICK EARL HAMMIE Currently on view at the Porter Butts Gallery in the Memorial Union is an exhibition titled “Significant Other” by Patrick Earl Hammie.  Hammie’s large oil paintings of a couple have an impressive presence in the gallery.  The couple, whose nude bodies interact in striking, thought-provoking compositions, are initially a shock to the system of any twenty-something raised in our still-Puritanical culture; we are, even now, not accustomed to viewing the naked human body, and …

Significant Other at Elon University

SOLO EXHIBITION March 14 – April 15, 2014 RECEPTION: Monday, March 17, 12:30pm – 2:30pm ARTIST TALK: Monday, March 17, 5pm – 6pm GALLERY 406 ELON UNIVERSITY 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 …

Lecture at University of Iowa

PUBLIC LECTURE Thursday, March 6, 6pm – 7pm SCHOOL OF ART AND ART HISTORY UNIVERSITY OF IOWA 141 N. Riverside Dr. Iowa City, IA 52242 Patrick Earl Hammie will discuss his recent project Significant Other, the conceptual sequel to his 2008 project Imperfect Colossi. This work 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. Informed by historical representations of Otherness, and recent shifts that locate women and people of color as central influencers of culture and politics, this series …

Interview with Combustus Magazine

BY DEANNA ELAINE PIOWATY Combustus Magazine and I recently sat down for an interview. Read below or view original post. IS THE IMPENETRABLE BLACK MALE A MODERN HEROIC MYTH? CONVERSATION WITH CHICAGO FIGURATIVE PAINTER PATRICK EARL HAMMIE Patrick Earl Hammie’s paintings are immediate, courageous, authentic. From his interracial couples posed in a re-envisioned dance of intimacy, to his unidealized portraits of the Black male nude caught in moments of vulnerability, Patrick Earl Hammie challenges, subtly and sometimes not so subtly, what we think we know and what we have come to expect. And yet, there is also that feeling of recognition. Because who Hammie is ultimately …

Representations of Race/Gender in the Art World’s Recent Past and Today

ORGANIZED BY ALISHA M. ELLIOT Through works by artist of the African Diaspora from 1984 to today, I will discuss representation of black artists and bodies in the recent art world, and facilitate a conversation about how artists and their representations of minorities are participating in popular media. FEBRUARY 5, from 12pm – 1pm Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 708 S. Mathews St. Urbana, IL 61801