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The Story of Light Blue and Paynes Gray, 2021

Acrylic on birch wood 8” x 17.25” x .75”

“I used to wonder why the sea was blue at a distance and green close up and colorless for that matter in your hands. A lot of life is like that. A lot of life is just a matter of learning to like blue.”

—Miriam Pollard, “The Listening God”

Patricia  Zarate is a visual artist whose work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally, including museum exhibitions at Queens Museum of Art (Flushing, NY); El Museo del Barrio (New York, NY); Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (San Juan, PR); and Gwangju Art Museum (Gwangju, South Korea). She was awarded a fellowship at Bau Institute artist residency, Otranto, Italy in 2013 and she was the recipient of an individual artist support grant from the Queens Council on the Arts in 2004. Her work has been reviewed in BmoreArt, Artnexus, Art News, Newsday, and the Philadelphia Weekly. In 2013, Patricia co-founded Key Projects: an art space, devoted to creating dialogue and community with other artists and the public through group exhibitions. She received a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York. Born in Cali, Colombia, she currently lives and works in New York City.


All Together Now

February 5 - March 6, 2022
Closing Reception: Saturday, March 5, 5-7pm

Patricia Zarate’s work is fueled by personal experiences, creating images that are conjured from sensory observations and memory. Using a variety of media, Zarate explores the ways in which we perceive color and light through simple abstract shapes. Color relationships are formed by employing pairing, seriality, pattern, repetition, uniformity, and space. 

Diamonds, triangles, and circles are the shapes used to explore these color relationships. Three bodies of work are featured in the exhibition. The Story of [color], a series of diptychs, is each an investigation of the relationship of two colors through their overlapping diamond shapes. Daily drawing, is about process and time: drawing a single circle on dotted paper, connecting dots, creating lines, creating patterns. Tri-Modulation, a wall installation, is composed of triangular modular units using colored paper. Because of their construction, pattern, and specific placement, the work visually transforms as the viewer moves in space. Patterns form and oscillate between positive and negative space, creating a play of visual density.


Daily drawing April 5 & 9, 2021
Marker & pencil on dotted Fabriano paper, 8.25" x 5.75"

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Press Release

CLOSING RECEPTION Saturday, March 5, 5–7 pm

ARTIST TALK: Saturday, Feb. 26, 2:30–3:300pm     Reservations are required.

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