Grear Patterson | Lucky Charm: Project Room

7 September - 14 October 2017

The American artist Grear Patterson (b. 1988 in Redding Connecticut, US; lives and works in the Bronx, New York, US) presents new works at the Project Room and refines his previous examinations of sunsets. Patterson is renowned for his arrangements of custom made image carriers, works in which he establishes connections with art history as well as with his own specific living environment. He became known for his “Duck Test”-series, canvasses organized to resemble smileys, their trendy lightness connoting a carefree attitude to life, while simultaneously referring to the icons of digital communication.


His first sunsets were inspired by Hollywood movies, the sun’s immersion in the horizon mostly took place within a 16:9 or 4:3 format. The new works pick up on the form of the setting sun through the shape of the image carrier. The combination of the different colors on the raw canvas evokes spatial depth and conjures up sporadic associations with rainbows or figments of imagination.


In the sculptural work “Two Peas in a Pod and it takes two to tango“ two aluminum arches touch, and can be walked through. By way of their similar shapes, the arches form a spatial unit, which is experienced by passing.