Marlborough Contemporary is delighted to announce True Romance, a Grear Patterson solo exhibition, appropriating the title from the cult film by Tony Scott. The works featured in this exhibition are mixed media pieces that depict stylized sunsets, as well as the recreations from the 1993 cult classic. This Grear Patterson’s exhibition investigates pop culture, imagery, and actions of perception, which are all the motifs that continuously appear in the artist’s products. Inspired by the sunset which simultaneously symbolizes the romanticized happy ending and a pledge of a new beginning, the artist will present his interest in celebrations of naïveté, just like the movies of his time have depicted it. These large-scale portrayals of sunsets are made from a variety of found material, such as boat sails, parachutes, tablecloths used for weddings, and vinyl.
Grear Patterson’s exhibition will show the artist’s simple compositions which are by no means scarce of meaning, which further reveal his interest in the commemoration of the notions surrounding the childhood nostalgia. The artist is known for the frequent use of this nostalgic imagery in his works, as well as for his famous Duck Test series, the minimalist portrayals of smiley faces painted on canvas tarpaulin with emulsion. These works question the concept of aspirational locations through the depictions of idealized tropical havens, so ever-present in the today’s social media-driven landscapes, and famously portrayed in the movie itself, in pop culture, and in contemporary photography, usually referencing the scenery of the United States. Grear Patterson’s exhibition will offer this romanticized, but at the same time very raw depictions of the American dream and invite the viewers to question their own perceptions of the images they see in the movies and online.
The cult Tarantino’s movie True Romance is the main source of inspiration for this Grear Patterson exhibition. His exoticized panoramas seem as if they were spread out to the gallery spaces, with the hammocks and banana trees that occupy the exhibiting area. The largest wall of the gallery will home the site-specific sunset executed in colored vinyl. The viewers will be able to enjoy the tropical-like utopia and feel as if they are not in the roofed gallery space, but somewhere on the beach, driving their pink Cadillac down the road while the wind tangles their hair and the sun casts a beautiful orange glow on the glass windows of the distant buildings. The images will offer an escape from reality and the stress of our everyday lives if even for a little while, and provide us with the opportunity to dream of the tropical paradise and the adventures that wait for us down the road.
Grear Patterson’s exhibition True Romance will be displayed at Marlborough Contemporary from June 24th to July 23rd, 2016. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 23rd from 6 PM to 8 PM. Grear Patterson is an American contemporary artist and a former member of The Still House Group. He has exhibited his works in New York, Los Angeles, Rome, and Dublin, along with the group exhibitions in London, Athens, Santa Monica, Paris, and Shanghai. If you are a fan of Patterson’s work and if you've watched True Romance a million times and dreamed of Tarantino-esque adventures, this exhibition is the place to be for you, as it will definitely offer the imagery worthy of its name. It will offer you a true romance.
All images Courtesy of the Artist and Marlborough Broome Street.
Image credit: Grear Patterson, True Romance, Marlborough Contemporary, 24 June – 23 July 2016, marlboroughcontemporary.com
Featured image: Grear Patterson - Walt Wing, 2014, UV print on vinyl, 48 x 72 in, Courtesy of the Artist and Marlborough Broome Street
Images in slider: Grear Patterson - Campbell Lane, 2010, UV print on vinyl, 48 x 72 in, Courtesy of the Artist and Marlborough Broome Street | Grear Patterson - Hardy Boys, 2007, UV print on vinyl, 48 x 72 in, Courtesy of the Artist and Marlborough Broome Street | Grear Patterson - Manhattan Beach (2007), courtesy the artist and Marlborough Contemporary
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