September 7 - 30, 2016
Rainmaker Artist Residency
2337 NW York St #201
Wednesday, September 7th
6-9pm with refreshments provided by Anam Cara Cellars and Royale Brewing Co
In partnership with Rainmaker Artist Residency, new resident Nick Patton is proud to announce Cracking Up, a solo exhibition of sculptural work taking place at Rainmaker Gallery.
Cracking Up is a collection of lumpy, drooping, cracking, and crumbling forms. The cartoonish statues greet you with awkward poses and gangly outstretched appendages. Patton has scrawled naive line work into wet cement with old, rusty nails and painted text in bold, graffiti-like gestures informing the viewer with pointed messages. Concrete is slumped and slathered, paint is plopped and glopped, wax is melted and squashed, sawdust is thrown, things are set on fire and smashed with hammers, culminating into outrageous, carnivalesque forms.
Beneath the facade of playful colors and bulbous, exaggerated shapes lies a more serious subtext. Self destruction is a main theme, made literal through fractured concrete, chipping paint, and forms that appear to be collapsing under their own weight. The sculptures exist precariously as pathetic monuments to humanity’s dark desires and self-serving behaviors.
We are happy to provide refreshments during the opening reception, donated generously from Anam Cara Cellars and Royale Brewing Co.
Nick Patton grew up in a 200-year- old farmhouse along the rocky cliffs of the Hocking River in southeastern Ohio. He received his BFA in illustration from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2005 and his MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2015. Patton now manages the sculpture facilities at his Alma Matter, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and is a member of Rainmaker Artist Residency’s newest cohort.