Sojourner Truth Parsons at Oakville Galleries

Artist: Sojourner Truth Parsons

Exhibition title: Holding Your Dog At Night

Venue: Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada

Date: March 26 – May 28, 2017

Photography: Toni Hafkenscheid, all images copyright and courtesy of the artist, Oakville Galleries and Downs & Ross, New York

(Oakville, ON) – Oakville Galleries is pleased to announce the opening of Holding Your Dog At Night the first solo museum presentation by Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Sojourner Truth Parsons.

Sojourner Truth Parsons: Holding Your Dog At Night
26 March – 28 May 2017
Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square

With their canny palette and crude perspective, the paintings of Sojourner Truth Parsons readily dispense with distinctions between interior and exterior worlds. Rendering the atmospheric and emotive energies she encounters as lucidly as physical truths, the Canadian-born artist observes a broad affective terrain in her work, documenting the dizzy indulgences of glamour and money as gamely as the dark heat of shame.

Holding Your Dog At Night brings together a series of canvases produced by Parsons since she relocated to Los Angeles in 2015. Whether detailing the city’s infamous nightlife, its extraordinary sunlight or the economic disparities on which it is built, Parsons’ works offer a kind of baroscopic depiction of the spaces and places she moves through, at once ingenuous and acerbic. Neither autobiographical nor narrative in form, these paintings instead nudge us toward the psychic life of the everyday, to the feelings, forms and fantasies—both saccharine and sinister—that structure our worlds.

Sojourner Truth Parsons (born 1984 in Vancouver) is an artist of Black, Mi’kmaq and settler heritage. She received her BFA from NSCAD University in 2008. Her recent exhibitions include Tomorrow Gallery, New York; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Galerie Sultana, Paris; and Foxy Production, New York (all 2016).

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Holding Your Dog At Night, 2017, installation view, Oakville Galleries

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Holding Your Dog At Night, 2017, installation view, Oakville Galleries

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Holding Your Dog At Night, 2017, installation view, Oakville Galleries

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Holding Your Dog At Night, 2017, installation view, Oakville Galleries

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Holding Your Dog At Night, 2017, installation view, Oakville Galleries

Sojourner Truth Parsons, I hate sex, 2016, canvas, acrylic, glue, Flashe, raw pigment on canvas

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Holding Your Dog At Night, 2017, installation view, Oakville Galleries

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Holding Your Dog At Night, 2017, installation view, Oakville Galleries

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Holding Your Dog At Night, 2017, installation view, Oakville Galleries

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Every shit you take, 2016, canvas, acrylic, glue, glitter, Flashe, lavender essence on canvas

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Holding Your Dog At Night, 2017, installation view, Oakville Galleries

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Holding Your Dog At Night, 2017, installation view, Oakville Galleries

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Holding Your Dog At Night, 2017, installation view, Oakville Galleries

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Holding Your Dog At Night, 2017, installation view, Oakville Galleries

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Holding Your Dog At Night, 2017, installation view, Oakville Galleries

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