Patrice Renee Washington

Patrice Renee Washington (lives in New York City) works primarily in sculpture and ceramics to investigate structures of race, class, and gender as they relate to the construction of identity and experience. Through use of objects and cultural signifiers she explores how identity can be manipulated and shaped to explore alternative understandings.

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Anti-Grip Supremacist Resistance Trainer 5000 and Coded Mechanisms

Image of a bronze textured pull-up bar mounted on a wall Image of eight gymnastics rings hanging from the ceiling of a dimly lit room with a small window
Anti-Grip Supremacist Resistance Trainer 5000, 2016
Glazed stoneware
Courtesy of the artist and Marinaro Gallery, New York

Coded Mechanisms, 2017
Glazed ceramic, chain, PVC, and hardware
Courtesy of the artist and Marinaro Gallery, New York
Installation image by Impart Photography

These ceramic renditions of workout equipment, gymnastic rings and a pull-up bar sculpted in black and brown clays, bear traces of the artist’s fingerprints. These markings act as a reminder that not even workout equipment is untouched by the working of racism in the United States. In 2011 Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, in his dissent of the Court’s decision that prison overcrowding in California violated the ban on cruel and unusual punishment, that many of the individuals who would be released due to the judgment “will undoubtedly be fine physical specimens who have developed intimidating muscles pumping iron in the prison gym.” Anti-Grip Supremacist Resistance Trainer 5000 confronts the stereotypes and fear mongering that the Supreme Court Justice was articulating. It also points to the fallacies of the great American myth that anyone can “pull themselves up” merely through willpower and perseverance. And yet, with an emphasis on training and resistance, the works also point to what can be accomplished through the force of will and the power of the people.

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Patrice Renee Washington has shown in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, including solo exhibitions at both 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 Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; We Buy Gold, Brooklyn, NY; Sculpture Center, Queens, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, CO; Zeitgeist, Nashville, TN; Abrons Art Center, New York, NY; 47 Canal, New York, NY and Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY. 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.