Patrick Quarm | Ghanaian Artist Weaves Together Vibrant Tapestries That Reflect His Personal Experiences

Patrick Quarm earned his MFA in Texas before returning to his native country, where he lives and works. Some of his recent works would be in an exhibition which will be his first New York solo.

By Caroline Goldstein | artnet

Titled: “Patrick Quarm: Salvaged Imperial” it would hold
through October 3, 2020 at Albertz Benda, New York


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What the gallery says: “The title of the exhibition is derived from Quarm’s practice of ‘collecting memories,’ which he refers to as salvaging: gathering his father’s stories of growing up in postcolonial Ghana, and accumulating his own experiences as a young man navigating multiple cultural and social spheres between Africa and the United States.



‘Imperial’ is a term the artist uses to describe his hybrid protagonists—constantly adapting, merging, and evolving throughout time and history.”

Why it’s worth a look: In the Ghanaian-based artist’s first New York solo show, Patrick Quarm literally weaves together aspects of his identity and experience as a Black man living in Africa and in the United States.

The works are sculptural tapestries made from layers of paint and textiles; from the side, two distinct canvases are visible, while from the front, a singular cohesive image emerges.


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Quarm also uses African wax prints in his work, alluding to the complicated history of the fabric and its Dutch colonial legacy.

“My task or my duty as an artist is to strip each layer after the other to bring clarity, to understand the past and how the past shapes the present,” the artist writes.

Installation view, “Patrick Quarm: Salvaged Imperial” at albertz benda, New York.
Patrick Quarm, BRUIT OF A SOVEREIGN (2020). Courtesy of the artist and albertz benda, NY.
Patrick Quarm, LEDGER OF TRUTH (2020). Courtesy of the artist and albertz benda, NY.
Patrick Quarm, LEDGER OF TRUTH (2020). Courtesy of the artist and albertz benda, NY.
Patrick Quarm, INVINCIBLE DILEMMA (2020). Courtesy of the artist and albertz benda, NY.
Patrick Quarm, BETHINK THYSELF (2020). Courtesy of the artist and albertz benda, NY.

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