"Recoil Support Bar" by Patrice Renee Washington '14 at Miriam Gallery

Alumna Patrice Renee Washington '14 Featured at Miriam Gallery

BY Catherine Fisher, October 1, 2021

Alumna Patrice Renee Washington '14 is featured in the group show Countercapture at Miriam Gallery in Brooklyn, NY until November 7, 2021. The artists in this show aim to “recalibrate the standard representational capture of Blackness.”


Featured works use “redaction... as material ground, as methodological process, and as fugitive strategy, gesturing toward alternative paradigms for image-making.” Through these new methods of imagining, new futures for Blackness are constructed.  Countercapture examines “redaction and opacity as aesthetically and politically constructive processes that make-present while refusing transparent access to bodies and subjects, in the vein of a ‘right to opacity’ as articulated by Édouard Glissant.”


Washington has two pieces in this show. The first, “Recoil Support Bar,” 2019, alludes to the “need for a physical respite from what one may visually encounter, exploring the embodied experience of seeing oneself mis-seen.” In this way, the ceramic piece exudes care preemptively, anticipating the reaction of the viewer. The second piece, “Smear Campaign,” 2019, uses “found imagery and monochromatic bas relief [to] subtly expel a stereotyped image from clear view.” 

Washington has shown in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, including solo exhibitions at Marinaro Gallery and Underdonk Gallery in Brooklyn, NY along with a 2018 solo museum exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Group exhibitions include shows at San José Museum of Art, San José, CA; Reyes Finn, Detroit, MI; Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Brooklyn; and Sculpture Center, Queens, NY among others. She has been granted residencies at Abrons Arts Center, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Lighthouse Works, the Museum of Art and Design, and the Vermont Studio Center.