Pamela Council

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Born in 1986 in the Hamptons, NY. Lives in New York City.

Pamela Council is a New York based interdisciplinary artist creating fountains for Black joy. Guided by material, cultural, and metaphysical quests, Council’s practice embodies a darkly humorous and inventive Afro-Americana camp aesthetic, BLAXIDERMY. Through this lens, Council uses sculpture, architecture, writing, and performance to make dedications and monuments that provide relief for grief and shed light on under-valued narratives.

Council has created commissions, exhibitions, performances or presentations for: New Museum for Contemporary Art, United States Library of Congress, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Studio Museum in Harlem, and MoCADA. Council has been Artist-in-Residence at MacDowell, Red Bull Arts, Bemis, Rush Arts, MANA, Signal Culture, Mass MoCA, and Wassaic Project. A recipient of the 2017 Joan Mitchell Grant, Council holds a BA from Williams College and an MFA from Columbia University and is currently artist in residence at ISCP.

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Bury Me Loose
09.10.2021 - 10.23.2021
Fringe
07.08.2021 - 08.20.2021
Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation (Part One)
08.11.2016 - 08.25.2016
October 19, 2021 Press

Pamela Council reviewed in Hyperallergic: “Pamela Council Looks to Black Vernacular Culture to Expose Social Inequality”

Council often uses humor as a political tool to expose systems of power and inequality in a society in which even death carries a high price tag.


October 06, 2021 Press

Pamela Council featured in BOMB Magazine: BLACK PHENOMENA: On Afropessimism & Camp

Camp is commonly seen as the love of irony and artifice, a theatrical devotion to what the mainstream considers ugly and/or garish and gaudy. But in its original and Blackest manifestation, Camp is a way of looking, one that shifts whose gaze has power as well as who can be at the center of the political project we call beauty.


September 17, 2021 Press

Pamela Council featured in 4Columns: “From Flo Jo’s nails to splashing in soda pop: a show of BLAXIDERMY.”

At Denny Dimin Gallery, the multidisciplinary artist Pamela Council told me that the work in their new solo exhibition—the first since signing on with the dealer—was “dark, maybe the darkest I’ve done.”

Read on 4Columns.

September 03, 2021 Press

Pamela Council featured in Hyperallergic’s September Art Guide: “Your Concise New York Art Guide for September 2021”

Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month, including the Armory, Bushwick Open Studios, and the New York Film Festival.


August 18, 2021 Artists, Outside Exhibitions

Pamela Council’s Upcoming Public Project Announced by Artnet News

Artist Pamela Council is Building a Joyous, Camp “Fountain for Survivors” in Times Square: The sculptures will feature close to 400,000 acrylic nails.

Read on artnet.

August 18, 2021 Artists

Series of Major Announcements for Artist Pamela Council

Denny Dimin Gallery Announces Representation

Solo exhibition Bury Me Loose  opens at Denny Dimin Gallery on September 10, 2021

Time Square Arts Announces Major Public Installation A Fountain for Survivors


August 17, 2021 Press

Fringe featured in Artnet Editors’ Picks

Editors’ Picks: 9 Events for Your Art Calendar, From a Talk About Chinatown’s Art and Activism to a Show of Surreal Cat Art

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August 03, 2021 Press

Fringe featured in Creative Boom: “The artists reappropriating ‘feminine crafts’ through a queer lens”

Many of the artists in Fringe explore ideas around gender stereotypes through the re-appropriation of traditionally “feminine craft” techniques, while many use the idea of camp as a conceptual framework.


August 03, 2021 Press

Fringe reviewed in The New Yorker

A more intimate and entirely irresistible group show—cleverly titled “Fringe”—is on view at the Denny Dimin gallery through Aug. 20.


July 16, 2021 Press

Fringe featured in DART: “Pattern & Decoration: Now from Then”

“Many artists in Denny Dimin Gallery’s program have been significantly influenced by the movement…I also wanted to explore how some artists have complicated the gender identities of craft and how artists of diverse backgrounds have brought other important histories into their work, enriching the dialogue around the ideas of P & D.”

Read on DART.

December 02, 2020 Press

“I Call It Blaxidermy”: Pamela Council on Their Art and Aesthetic’ in Hyperallergic

“As a Black woman artist, I get asked about the political meaning of my work, but I don’t often get asked why it looks the way it does.”


July 30, 2019 Press

Pamela Council in Artnet’s Review of Detroit Art Week

The space is filled with objects that hold emotional weight and have their own relations to a particular place and time for the artist. Council has created an environment to house these transitional objects (i.e. objects that provide psychological comfort), in turn building a “transitional” space for herself and for her viewers to experience.

Read on Artnet.

December 09, 2015 Press

Pamela Council included in Artnet’s ’20 Emerging Female Artists to Keep on Your Radar’

This year was a strong one for women in the arts.

Read on Artnet.

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