Sojourner Truth Parsons at Oakville Galleries


(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).


Oakville Galleries is a not-for-profit contemporary art museum, reaching communities in Oakville and wider audiences regionally, nationally and internationally. As a forum for engaging people with the questions that shape us as individuals, communities and cultures, Oakville Galleries draws on contemporary art to facilitate reflection and discovery in unexpected and stimulating ways.

Oakville Galleries has two locations:

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens is located at 1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Open Tuesday to Sunday 1:00 pm–5:00 pm.

Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square is located at 120 Navy Street, Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Open Tuesday to Thursday 11:00 am–9:00 pm; Friday 12:00 pm–5:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am–5:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm–5:00 pm.

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Oakville Galleries gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario and the Corporation of the Town of Oakville, along with our many individual, corporate and foundation partners.

For more information, please contact:

Victoria Borg Communications Coordinator +1.905.844.4402 x28

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