Patrick Earl Hammie’s I AM…THE NIGHT examines the television program Soul Train (1971-2006), and widely distributed 19th- and early 20th-century lynching photographs, to explore what has driven most of his work to date: Which narratives has he inherited? Which stories does he tell to create meaning for himself and inform meaning around others? Black people have survived the past—how do they thrive in the future? This work acknowledges centuries of racialized angst and terrorism, and visualizes how far both powerful and marginalized people go to alleviate fear and survive.
Hammie studied drawing at Coker University (2004) and received an M.F.A. in painting from University of Connecticut (2008). He is currently an associate professor and chair of studio arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, and his works are included in public and private collections. He was an artist-in-residence at the John Michael Kohler Art Center and the first recipient of the Alice Cole ’42 Fellowship from Wellesley College.
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