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Grear Patterson

New York, United States

Installation, Painting, Photography, Sculpture • Born in Redding, Connecticut, United Statesd • Studied at BFA School of Visual Arts, New York, United States

Published  20/10/2016

Inductive reasoning

A former member of The Still House Group, American artist Grear Patterson focuses on stark contemporary language and its visual surrogates, a nowadays dictionary made up of winking and frowning emoticons distilled and reshuffled into ambiguous ciphers. These impenetrable hieroglyphs are countered by expressive images almost overflowing with romanticized nostalgia for lost innocence and childhood rituals. He plumbs the pleasures and traumas of...

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A former member of The Still House Group, American artist Grear Patterson focuses on stark contemporary language and its visual surrogates, a nowadays dictionary made up of winking and frowning emoticons distilled and reshuffled into ambiguous ciphers. These impenetrable hieroglyphs are countered by expressive images almost overflowing with romanticized nostalgia for lost innocence and childhood rituals. He plumbs the pleasures and traumas of adolescence in photographs, videos, paintings and sculptures that evoke both personal and collective rites of passage. His work, alternating between disclosure and reticence, subtly explores not only the immediacy of reckless experience, violent impulses and erotic yearning, but the often halting emotional and linguistic shorthand used to express those furtive memories and desires.

Patterson is constantly photographing his surroundings. Depictions of houses (some random, some of friends and family’s, others for aesthetic value), details of landscapes: a close up of a wheat field, a lonesome volleyball court on the beach and nature, objects lying around, from toys and books on a shelf, to things seen on the sidewalk, Patterson’s work is about keeping memories, holding on to fleeting moments and being able to relive them through the memorializing process of art making. Furthermore, they engage the viewer by acknowledging the increasing universality of our experience, and thus our collective memories. Eventually, we will all have been here before.

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Third Base, 2014

Third Base, 2014

Whoops, 2014

Whoops, 2014

Sliding forever, 2013

Sliding forever, 2013

Caribbean to go, 2015

Caribbean to go, 2015

Whaler, 2015

Whaler, 2015

Candy Coated, Installation View, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, 2015

Candy Coated, Installation View, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, 2015

Forest Theater, Installation View, Amercian Academy, Rome, 2014

Forest Theater, Installation View, Amercian Academy, Rome, 2014

Forest Theater, Installation View, Amercian Academy, Rome, 2014

Forest Theater, Installation View, Amercian Academy, Rome, 2014

In the Trenches, Installation View, Carl Kostyal, Stockholm, 2014

In the Trenches, Installation View, Carl Kostyal, Stockholm, 2014


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2016

True Romance, Marlborough Contemporary, London, UK

Boxing the Compass, Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY

2015

Seek and Destroy, Depart Foundation, Los Angeles, USA

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GROUP

2016

Three Weeks > Six Videos > Two Rooms, Ellis King, Dublin, Ireland

Scout, curated by Grear Patterson, Triumph and Disaster, Montgomery, Alabama

Palma, Palmiers, Palm, Dickinson Roundell Inc., New York

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