CHARLES PATRICK

AN ALTERNATIVE TAKE ON THE DIGITAL AGE

Over the last decade we have grown used to digital representations of reality in art, but Patrick is giving us something completely new here. Playing with our expectations and reversing the norms he references history, culture and nature to create ironic real-world versions of apparently digital images. Patrick uses vintage ephemera such as comics, obsolete maps and currency or old children’s books as the source for intricately cut paper butterflies; his clean, pixelated designs seem to exchange individual emotional intent for the universal immediacy of contemporary visual language – the language of the digital age.

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THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

Targets and hearts, skulls and stars pop from the canvas, formed from dozens of paper butterflies which are clustered together, suspended like museum specimens on individual entomology pins. These tactile qualities - the texture of the paper, the three-dimensional nature of the work - represent a departure from, or perhaps a comment on, the flat-screen world of digital communication.

Patrick combines his love of paper, art history, and design to make pieces that are striking and beautiful, but also poignant and thought-provoking. His choice of the butterfly to be the symbolic heart of each work encourages us to reflect not only on beauty, symmetry and transience, but also on the concepts of transformation and rebirth.

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