Grear Patterson


Duck Test


11th April - 17th May 2014

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Grear Patterson
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Duck Test
11th April – 17th May
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“If it looks like a duck,
swims like a duck,
and quacks like a duck,
then it probably is a duck.”
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Ellis King is delighted to present Grear Patterson’s first solo exhibition and also the inaugural act of the gallery.

Forming the backbone of his solo presentation, Patterson’s new series of works entitled Duck Tests take prescience and foundation from the above phrase utilised as a form of inductive reasoning, sometimes used to counter abstruse arguments that something is not what it appears to be. His Duck Test paintings explore how we obtain meaning from visual experience and how interpretation through experience is transformed and codified through the signified.

In each of these works, we are presented with basic visual elements in the form of X’s, O’s, and )’s, which constitute foundational components of our spatial and logical reasoning of the world around us, traces of which are embedded in semiotics containing alphabetical, numerical, and linguistic values. But of course, based on our visual experience and modes of interpretations, we cannot help but strive to achieve visual understanding and logic. Thus, the viewer is coerced into seeking visual reasoning and the perception of a ‘face’ is all but too familiar and unavoidable. Delving deeper, our psychoanalytical visceral functions seek further investigations and as hyper-conscious human beings we try to obtain relational characteristics and personality traits referencing past memories from a nostalgic perspective.

These notions are further expanded upon and exemplified through a video piece entitled Slow Earth, 2014. From what it appears to be, here we are presented with a view of earth from outer space however visual deception and logic is again brought in to question. Patterson has in fact captured a close up of the inside of a glass filled with pop rocking candy executed in ultra-slow motion accompanied by an original sound bite from the Apollo 8 mission to the Moon in 1968. Apollo 8 astronaut, Bill Anders, then commented, “We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the earth”.

Patterson’s practice ultimately suggests that reception cannot be separated from interpretation and the logic of our visual communication is continuously influx and tested. Quack.

Grear Patterson, Duck Test, Installation View

Grear Patterson
Ray Brower, 2014
Inkjet print on vinyl
66″ x 136″ (167.64 x 345.44 cm)

Grear Patterson
Optimus Prime, 2014
Mesh and tarpaulin in three parts
54″ x 54″ (137.16 x 137.16 cm)

Grear Patterson
Whoops, 2014
Dirt on canvas and tarpaulin in three parts
54″ x 54″ (137.16 x 137.16 cm)

Grear Patterson
We Got Our Ball Back Didn’t We?, 2014
Tarpaulin in three parts
54″ x 54″ (137.16 x 137.16cm)

Grear Patterson
The Beneift Of Dual Perspectives, 2014
Dirt on canvas and tarpaulin in three parts
54″ x 54″ (137.16 x 137.16 cm)

 

Grear Patterson
Ahhhhhayyaaaa / Stuck In A Box, 2014
Tarpaulin in three parts
54″ x 54″ (137.16 x 137.16 cm)

Grear Patterson
Third Base, 2014
Dirt on canvas and tarpaulin in three parts
54″ x 54″ (137.16 x 137.16 cm)

Grear Patterson
Slow Earth, 2014 (Film Still)
Digital video with sound
30 minutes 47 seconds
Unique

Grear Patterson
On The Lot, 2014
C-Print
4″ x 6″ (10.16 x 15.24 cm)
Unique

Grear Patterson
Sun Snow Tarp, 2014
C-Print
4″ x 6″ (10.16 x 15.24 cm)
Unique