Native Durham artist Anthony Patterson will join the Power Plant Gallery for Residency 2 continuing to explore the
relationships between themes of identity, loss, and conviction through his experimental documentary work.
After participating in The Jumpsuit Project by artist Sherrill Roland, Patterson developed his series of portraits,
called Any Black Man, that express how American society criminalizes black men. Originally the men were painted
in orange jumpsuits with smeared faces and tactile marks across the canvas. Later portraits removed the jumpsuit
and focused on how the color orange embodies the ‘criminal' stereotype.
"During my residency, I will be working on a new series entitled PIGEONHOLED. I will be painting portraits in
response to interviews I have with black men who are convicted felons. The portraits will attempt to convey their
struggles and, hopefully, create important dialogue surrounding the criminal justice system."
Patterson intends to collect interviews for an audio installation, providing context to the paintings as well as create a powerful, felt-experience for the viewer.
Anthony Patterson's work is rooted in figuration, but also lends itself to the language of abstract painting. Informed
by the current sociopolitical climate of America, as well as his interest in documentary studies, Patterson pulls from
historical archives, sifts through contemporary media, and records conversations with peers in his community. He
then reconstructs the source materials through his painting, resulting in a multi-layered work that investigates
societal ills while driving the conversation beyond the pictorial space. Patterson earned his Bachelors of Fine Art in
Painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is exhibited regionally throughout North