“Of Zebraification” by William Patterson in Temporary Art Review


Last week, VCS alumnus William Patterson had a new piece published on the Temporary Art Review website. Titled “Of Zebraification: A Review of Cousins Presents ‘Faceless’,” the piece discusses a recent five-person exhibition at a temporary art space in Brooklyn. Here’s a brief quote from its opening paragraphs:

The exhibition is the first for popup gallery Cousins. It dwells in a small industrial garage, a handful of stops down the L train in Brooklyn, NY. The five exhibited artists are gathered under Faceless, a title suggesting “the asignifying, asubjective, and faceless” as taking priority over dull and authorial recognition–exemplified in the concept of a face or pizza.

The emphasis for Faceless is instead mixed signals and ambiguous tactics. An open question pulled from the press release reads, “Can one shed these symmetrical lines and confines, dismantling the face, effacing the perimeter that it inscribes?” An appropriately strange group of artworks are gathered to do this bidding, shifting media and tone wildly, but Faceless manages to find a unit of cohesion in its stylistic and conceptual disparity.

Will then moves on to a thorough review of the exhibition, providing thoughtful commentary on each artist’s contributions and some of the underlying themes that run throughout (including the zebras mentioned in the title). You can read the rest of it at this link.

In addition, be sure to check out Will’s website, and this VCS blog post about him from last month.

William patterson in his studio (via his website)

William Patterson in his studio (via his website)

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