What: I’ve Never Known Home
Where: Gallery 1957, 1 Hyde Park Gate London UK
When: 13 October - 19 November, 2021
Gallery 1957, is delighted to present a selection of works by African-American abstract expressionist artist Patrick Alston marking his first solo show in London and first with the gallery. After a 2-month residency in Accra, Ghana - Alston has incorporated traditional textiles and techniques into his work - namely Akan Kente cloth and wax-resist batik dyed cotton fabric - adding new depth and further complexity to his oeuvre.
Inspired by his first trip to the continent, Alston explores themes of belonging, identity and displacement, and reflects on the effects of losing a sense of home, and the power of the return to the continent for those who have been displaced throughout history.
Patrick Alston asserts “I seek to contribute to the dialogue of the native black experience through the use of abstraction, opposed to the black figure, in an attempt to further expand the conversation of blackness outside of the physical and visual structures of figurative painting.”