Robert Patterson

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  • About This Artist

    This ongoing series of wood 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.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: These wood objects are made using wood, metals, cloth, paper, resins, paint, dyes, glazes, and varnish. Most objects do contain most. There are two distinct parts that are combined at the end of the making process. The flat piece is worked by physically scoring the surface, establishing a general armature for further work with surface colorants and textures (listed above). Ultimately, the bent component is fit to the flat component, secured, and finished.

    A: At this point, I work with materials that are extremely malleable and available.

    A: With limited physical variations, the iterations and amount of work necessary to produce unique objects is boundless.

    A: Any creative activity leads to surprises, good or bad. The process of channeling this activity leads to variation, planned or not.

    A: I was raised by woodworkers in one way or another. Their concerns and ability to adapt have informed my work.



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