Aug 25–Oct 28, 2018
#OpenspacesKC

...called up

Ebony
G.
Patterson

Kingston, Jamaica & Lexington, KY

The Jamaican-born artist Ebony G. Patterson lives and works in Kingston, Jamaica and Lexington, KY, creating heavily layered installations and fabric-based works that often function as investigations into representing individuals of African descent. Patterson’s materials and motifs are deeply rooted in celebration, affirmation and beauty. For Kansas City, she discovered a long-abandoned hydrotherapy pool for children in Swope Park, and has transformed the site into a memorial for those who suffered from incurable ailments in the years before penicillin was developed.

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Lake of the Woods, Harry M. Gilkey Pool at Swope Park
Viewing Hours:
Dawn to Dusk (6 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

http://ebonygpatterson.com

Ebony G. Patterson

…called up

Medium: Wood, Flowers, Paint, and Metal

Recorded for posterity on a nearby plaque, the humanitarian legacy of Dr. Harry M. Gilkey as it relates to the history of this pool was the starting-point for Ebony G. Patterson’s sculptural transformation of the site, which she first encountered on a research visit to Kansas City in 2017. While today it is mostly shunned as both safety hazard and eyesore, Patterson was touched both by the memorialization of Dr. Gilkey’s laudable efforts to ensure that children with physical handicaps could enjoy a ‘summer camp’ experience, and what she saw as a conspicuous absence of any effort to memorialize the children themselves. The artist, who was born and raised in Jamaica, and currently lives both in Kingston and Lexington, KY, is well-known for creating heavily layered installations and fabric-based works that function as investigations into representing individuals of African descent. For this project, Patterson’s materials and motifs, which tend to be identified with rituals of celebration, affirmation and beauty, are put in service of her transformation of the pool into a species of temporal monument to the disappearance — both in the concrete particular, and in a broader sense — of childhood and innocence.

Lake of the Woods, Harry M. Gilkey Pool at Swope Park
Viewing Hours:
Dawn to Dusk (6 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

http://ebonygpatterson.com