Robert Patterson

Robert Patterson

About The Artist

Robert Patterson • Milton, GA

This ongoing series of objects is based on the extension of a known and repeated form. Surfaces are modified to clarify the geometry of the object without subverting the skeletal form. The final presentation is visually restrained, and any references to states outside of the object itself are avoided. Materials can include, wood, aluminum, paper, cloth, paper, copper, dyes, stains, paint, shellac, varnish, leather, and other assorted resins, foams and pigments. All pieces are made in my studio in Milton, Georgia. __________________________________________________________________________ Both my father and grandfather were woodworkers. The fundamental respect for slow work, combined with university study and degrees in studio work, give rise to my working procedure. My production has always been concerned with seriality, the slow and methodical exploration of iteration and modulation.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

There are two discernible parts to these pieces. They are, simply, a flat surface surrounded by a band of metal, wood, etc. The flat part is worked until it doesn't need any more work, then the surrounding band is fit to that flat piece.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I pick working materials given how efficiently they can get me to a visual resting state, a place where nothing more needs to happen.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

When I first started showing these pieces, there were various reactions, mostly related to utilitarian concerns. I neither avow or disavow their potential use, instead I insist that they can be thought of as discrete objects without further explanation.