Timothy Taylor Gallery is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in London by
the American artist Michael Patterson-Carver. On display in the galleryʼs Viewing
Room, the show will feature recent works on paper.
Born in 1958, Patterson-Carver's life and career have been shaped by his exposure
as a young child to the US civil rights movement. His art and life are now
inseparable. Taking a frank look at the political realm, Patterson-Carverʼs work often
represents well-known world leaders and people in power as well as ordinary men
and women in their desire for change through direct action and demonstrations. The
power mongers are mocked through caricature, while ordinary folk are depicted with
grace and respect. By giving form to - and poking fun at - the failure of world
leadership and the disastrous effects of hypercapitalism, his drawings are a form of
sympathetic magic, channeling the desire or power to confront these terrible threats
Many of Patterson-Carver's drawings are allegories of well-known conspiracy
theories. In Supply and Demand (2010) the artist presents a classroom scenario in
which the teacher demonstrates the beneficial impact of the US led invasion of Iraq
on oil prices to a group of attentive students.
Patterson-Carver's work expresses - both through its mode of address and what it
reveals - an essential challenge to the dominant culture. It embodies the very notion
of the power of the individual's conscience and witness-bearing, and the continuing
belief in art as a means of effecting change.
President Obama, and the racial intolerance from sections of American society he
faces, together with the difficult task that lies ahead of him, provides the subject
matter for several recent works. In other drawings, the artist himself makes
appearances as a lone demonstrator who stands against bigotry and the herd
mentality of intransigent religious or political groups.
Michael Patterson Carver was born in 1958 in Chicago, Illinois. His recent locations
have included Los Angeles, New Orleans; Baja California, Mexico; San Juan Islands,
British Columbia; and Portland, Oregon. Previous exhibitions include Laurel Gitlen,
New York (2009); White Columns, New York (2007); Memorial to the Iraq War, with
Harrell Fletcher, ICA London (2007). Patterson-Carverʼs work is included in
numerous private and public collections, including the American Folk Art Museum,
New York, and the Museum of Everything, London. A monograph published by Four
Corners Books, with essays by Matthew Higgs and Harrell Fletcher will be available
from October 2010.
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