Patrick Earl Hammie’s Project: Significant Other

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Patrick Earl Hammie: “‘Significant Other’ reorients inherited expectations and makes room for these bodies to develop new conceptions. It presents a female and a male figure locked in a physical dialogue, hefting weight, and relocating the perceptions of ruined and objectified bodies that recall and carry on complex legacies of suffering and struggle.”


Patrick Earl Hammie’s large-scale portrait and figural paintings often use allegory to implicate power structures, and question systems of racism and sexism. His work draws from art history and visual culture to examine ideas related to cultural identity, masculinity, beauty, and sexuality.

Significant Other, Hammie’s third project has paintings that question inherited visual expectations of historically marginalized people, and work to reorient how meaning is made around those bodies. In contrast to his previous project, which showed a minimalist depiction of a single male figure, Significant Other presents male and female figures locked in a physical exchange. Hammie introduces the woman as an active authority and relieves the man from macho performance, constructing moments where traditionally masculine and feminine strengths are conflated in the woman’s actions while the man’s body and its classic signifier of power—the penis—is vulnerable to public critique.

“Historical representations of Otherness and recent shifts that locate women and people of color as central influencers of culture and politics inform my recent project, ‘Significant Other.’ This series reorients inherited expectations and makes room for these bodies to develop new conceptions. It presents a female and a male figure locked in a physical dialogue, hefting weight, and relocating the perceptions of ruined and objectified bodies that recall and carry on complex legacies of suffering and struggle. Paintings such as Aureole feature a commanding woman rotating a reclined man’s body to his side, baring his nakedness and inspecting his state of consciousness. Constructing moments where traditionally masculine strengths (dominance) and traditionally feminine strengths (care and empathy) are conflated in the woman’s actions while the man’s body and signifier of power—the penis—is vulnerable to public critique, the paintings witness the woman as an active authority and the man relieved from macho performance. Drawing on the emotive qualities of Romanticist painting and its use of heroic proportions to engage with political and humanistic expression, I imagine bodies as occasions for us to encounter difference toward considering their capacity for establishing new accounts.” ― Patrick Earl Hammie, a quote from an interview on combustus.com


Patrick Earl Hammie’s Project: Significant Other

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House of Cards, 2011, oil on linen
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Deposit, 2015, oil on paper
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Icarus, 2010, oil on linen
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Descent, 2014, oil on canvas
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Contact, 2014, oil on linen
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Night Watch, 2011, oil on linen

 

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Study for Labor, 2014, charcoal on paper
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Slide, 2011. oil on linen
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Inheritance, 2015, oil on canvas
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Untitled, 2015, charcoal on paper
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Case, 2012, oil on linen
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Labor I, 2010, oil on linen
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Labor III, 2012, oil on linen
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Icarus II, 2013, oil on linen

You can visit Patrick Earl Hammie’s website and follow the artist on FacebookInstagram , cheers! ♥ #cosmicorgasm 


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