Press Preview: Friday, November 8 | 5:00-7 PM
Opening Reception: Friday, November 8 | 7:00-10 PM
Artist Talk: Friday, December 13 | 7:00-9 PM
Featuring the works of mixed-media and portraiture artist Patrick Dougher, God Body is a call-to-action, a rallying cry to understanding that the ultimate source is within as it directly relates to the Five-Percent Nation. Made of flesh and a soulfulness that is beyond measure, Dougher’s work captures this iconic beauty — our richness, our fragility, and our bold audacity to inspire all. This exhibition is part one of a three-part series that explores spirituality in the African diaspora.
(top left) “The God Supreme” by Patrick Dougher, Acrylic/ Mixed- Media on 4 attached canvases- 44” x 60”.
(top right) “Ethereal III” by Patrick Dougher, Collage/ Acrylic/Bible pages on Paper- 14” x 17”.
(top left) “Black Bodies” by Patrick Dougher, Collage/ Acrylic on Wood -16” x 20”.
(bottom right) “Divine Fertility Air (2)” by Patrick Dougher, Acrylic/ Gold Leaf/ Mixed-Media on Canvas- 48” x 60”.
Born and raised in Brooklyn New York, Patrick Dougher is a self-taught fine artist, musician, poet and actor. Patrick worked as an art therapist with HIV positive children at Kings County Hospital, a co-curator at the Museum of African Art, a youth counselor and teaching artist at Project Reach and Studio in a School and most recently as the Program Director of Groundswell, NYC’s premier community mural arts organization where he oversaw and directed over 300 public mural projects throughout the city. He is currently working as he Interim Director of Education for BRIC Arts Media and as a freelance consultant with The Center for Court Innovations. For over 20 years Patrick has used the arts to empower and support the socio-emotional growth of at-risk and disenfranchised youth of the city. Patrick’s art reflects his life’s mission to inspire and empower by honestly and fearlessly holding up a mirror to society’s inequity and injustices. Through his art he seeks to celebrate the noble beauty and divine spiritual nature of people of African descent and to connect urban African-American culture to its roots in sacred African art and ceremony.
Use MoCADA’s tour notes as your guide through the exhibit, which includes a deeper dive into our themes, the artists’ notes and bios, as well as a glossary for greater understanding of the exhibit’s subject matter. DOWNLOAD the God Body tour notes (pdf).