San Jose, 7.10.21

‘when the land is in plumage…a peacock is in molting’ (2020) by Ebony G. Patterson (1981). ICA San José, 7.10.21

How lucky am I, to have seen mixed-media work by Ebony G. Patterson on two coasts now.

Had a couple of friends in town this month, so we took a hot drive down to San Jose – ’cause we know the way. It beckoned, don’t you know, don’t you know, to the Institute of Contemporary Art San José, where the Jamaican artist’s “…when the cuts erupt…the garden rings…and the warning is a wailing…” is now on view through Sept. 5.

I first learned about Patterson and her work at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, when I last visited the Magic City in 2018 for Miami Art Week 2018. This piece right here is called “when the land is in plumage…a peacock is in molting.”

Very much enjoyed the dichotomy of getting back out into the world, especially the art scene, only to get into Patterson’s ornately existential garden-inspired installations and tapestries. When it all fell, the garden was a tonic. This Patterson exhibition felt alluring. It was a fun pursuit to share, no less, hitting the literal road to behold art in communion with loved ones.

Can’t wait for more of us to get back. It’s amazing what you can safely do when you exercise your privilege to get and get a COVID-19 vaccine. You can go see art, you can go to the movies with more peace of mind, you can live (yes, in more ways than one).

Som’in’ to ponder.

Do #VisitSanJose and the ICA San José. And the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and with the Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, which are one and two doors down.

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