Cameron Patricia Downey: Hymn of Dust
(with collaborators: Ize Commers, M Jamison, Cooper Felien)
On view January 22 - February 11, 2023
Cameron Patricia Downey (b. 1998) is an anti-disciplinary artist born and raised in North Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their work oscillates between photography, film, body, sculpture, curation and otherwise — seeing instruction in the incidental, the precarious, the misremembered and the banal. Their work strives to archive, unfurl, make-altar-of and bring fantasy to the Blues of Black life and relation.
Downey graduated from Columbia University in 2021 with a double concentration in visual art and environmental science. Downey’s art has been exhibited by HAIR+NAILS in: HAIR+NAILS at 9 Herkimer (Brooklyn, 2019), FUTURE FUTURE (2020), “The Human Scale” at Rochester Art Center (2021), and in their first solo show “Three Things Last Forever” (2020). Downey will present their next solo show of new work at HAIR+NAILS in spring 2023 as well as at Midway Contemporary Art in fall of 2023. Downey guest curated HOLDING SPACE, an exhibition of video, image, light and sound, in the H+N front yard (summer 2020). Downey’s recent exhibitions and screenings have included those at the Walker Art Center (2022), “Wild Frictions” at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in Berlin (2021), "Intersections" at Engage Projects in Chicago (2021–2022) and “In The River” as part of Midway Contemporary Art’s Off-Site program (2022). Downey is currently an artist in residence at the Walker Art Center’s mediatheque and at Second Shift Studio Space of St. Paul.