Grear Patterson


Cereal Eater


13th May - 17th June 2017

Ellis King is delighted to present Grear Patterson’s Cereal Eater. Patterson’s practice draws upon fragmentary information from popular culture and his own life to produce works that play with the fungibility of identity, autobiography, and personal inquest. In sculptures, installations, paintings, drawings, videos, and photographs, Patterson engages images and objects in a very physical, visceral manner. His closed circuit anarchy always calls authority, especially his own, into question. Desire and entropy both shape and reveal his work. For him, meaning is situational and, unstuck; it can evolve, change, acclimatise, and deteriorate. Positing cerebral concepts from psychology, philosophy, and art theory against kitschy media, awkward adolescent scenarios, and rudimentary renderings, Grear Patterson’s practice works against art’s hierarchical history as it expands its breadth.

Patterson’s Cereal Eater continues his confrontation with his own identity and personal history. The work results from the absurd and obsessive mining of the artist’s past, as he recalls details of his childhood, reconstructing characters and locations, while recycling materials of his own memory and belonging. In its comic futility, the work is both diversely unpredictable and rigorously logical.

Taking prominence in Cereal Eater is a nucleus collection of twenty new sculptures in diverse media that reconstruct memories of the artist’s adoloescence. Here, Patterson scrutinises moments of ritual and tradition by restaging scenes common in American adolescence investigating the moral and experiential subtexts of these junctures in the process. These new sculptures, arranged in a continuous rectangular format, are organised according to ever-morphing and evolving categories. Combining personal objects and popular cultural ephermera, they allude to folk art and assemblage art traditions incorporating household objects, children’s toys, walkie talkies, cookie jars, pinball machines, collectibles, taxidermied geese feet, video games, love letters, and a multitude of recycled trinkets.

Cereal Eater includes a new series composed of enlarged and customised mulit-panelled Printed Circuit Boards (PCB’s) utilised in electronic computing devices and technology. Referencing retro video gaming and many a mispent youth in gaming arcades, Patterson utilises these components to suggest informally cohesive personal scenarios comprising fantasy, romance, mystery, and adolescent rites of passage.

Upon close inspection of the exhibtion, one might attain the feeling that Patterson has an acute sense of the vacuous possibility inherent in such objects, and of the intricate flows that take place in these act of transference. While his practice makes blatant use of pop cultural swipes, found ephemera (personal or otherwise), and broad tropes, the artworks still manage to feel both unsettling and intimately familiar.

There is something more, though, to Patterson’s privy stage-like props arranged to create temporal, self-consuming conjurings of kitsch sublime. It feels all too personal because it’s scrappy, aspirational, and unresloved; taking the nostalgic stock characters and adolescent stories experienced by many of us and using them as ciphers for a larger idea, imaginative proxies for an unreachable great beyond; of opportunity, hope, and, indeed, the American Dream. Any number of characterisations, materials and objects then become supple cultural readymades for his to stage for us and, most pertinently, for himself.

Grear Patterson
Eyes Oven Fresh, 2017
Plastic ‘Cookie Monster’ cookie jar and pocket telescope on pedestal
151cm x 41cm x 41cm (59 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
When Mom Yells at Dad, 2017
Wooden toy plane, plastic troll doll on pedestal
145cm x 41cm x 41cm (57 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
Freeport Cereal, 2017
Army figurine, ‘Atlantis’ pen, ‘Aviator’ poker cards, plastic ‘Count Chocula’ figurine on pedestal
143cm x 41cm x 41cm (56 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
Battle of Antietam , 2017
Novelty ‘Coca-Cola’ bottle, flint spear head, metal lighter, lego, monopoly house, toy solider figurines on pedestal
179cm x 41cm x 41cm (70 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
Blue Wrench Noodles in December, 2017
Model car and tow truck, Michael Jordan basketball card, Chicago Bulls night-light, switchboard, ceramic sculpture of noodles with suspended chopsticks on pedestal
142cm x 41cm x 41cm (56 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
Harrison’s Broken Arm, 2017
Mailbox, china teacup, plastic solider figurines on pedestal
149cm x 41cm x 41cm (58 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
Kelsey Ream & Flying Alone, 2017
US Airways flight envelope, star wars playing card, printed Aol Messenger conversation, painted oyster shell on pedestal
135cm x 41cm x 41cm (53 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
You’re not Alone, 2017
‘General Electric’  walkie talkie on pedestal
159cm x 41cm x 41cm (62 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
Cookie for Aristotle (1695 Year Old Cookie) 2017
‘Pilsbury Dough Boy’ ceramic cookie jar on pedestal
154cm x 41cm x 41cm (61 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
When a Tiger Likes You, 2017
Baseball hat and plastic figurines on pedestal
130cm x 41cm x 41cm (51 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
Enjoying Being Alone, 2017
Chapel Hill summer swim meet ribbon, ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ mini pinball machine on pedestal
136cm x 41cm x 41cm (53 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
Blackjack, Not Chess, 2017
Plastic figurines, mini metal helicopter, camplight, matches, olfa touch knife, marvel comic card on pedestal
134cm x 41cm x 41cm (52 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
Me or You, 2017
Solider figurines, ‘Nintendo Mario Brother’s’ entertainment system, headphones on pedestal
129cm x 41cm x 41cm (51 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
I Promise, 2017
‘General Electric’  walkie talkie on pedestal
159cm x 41cm x 41cm (62 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
Little Princess, 2017
Plastic figurines & animals, elephant soft toy, model Batmobile, softball cards, ribbon on pedestal
131cm x 41cm x 41cm (52 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
Alone in the Explorer’s Club, 2017
Model tank, solider figurine, gamecard, atlas on pedestal
131cm x 41cm x 41cm (52 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
No Mountain, 2017
Grape lollipop, ‘Varsity Blues’ VHS tape, Carolina Panther’s sticker sheet, baseball card, model car on pedestal
140cm x 41cm x 41cm (55 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
Ever Ready, 2017
Ten dollar note, wooden ‘Budweiser’ mini baseball bat & baseball, tin flashlight, model mini airplane  on pedestal
147cm x 41cm x 41cm (57 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
I Really Didn’t Want to Shoot You, 2017
Wooden model house, Canadian Goose feet on pedestal
151cm x 41cm x 41cm (59 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
Playing at Grandma’s, 2017
‘Club milk’ bar and wrapper, chine tea cup, model cars, tin ‘Lucky Strike’ matchbox on pedestal
131cm x 41cm x 41cm (52 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
Naked Beach, 2017
Painted fabric in original frame
30cm x 38cm x 2cm (12 x 15 x 0.7 inches)

Grear Patterson
Ringing Bullets, 2017
Antique metal carrier box and bell
15cm x 34cm x 8cm (53 x 16 x 16 inches)

Grear Patterson
Super Computy Division, 2017
Printed circuit boards on aluminium
171cm 114 x 6cm (67 x 45 x 2.5 inches)

Grear Patterson
Jeff Garnue, 2017
Printed circuit boards on aluminium
171cm 114 x 6cm (67 x 45 x 2.5 inches)

Grear Patterson
Family Computer, 2017
Printed circuit boards on aluminium
171cm 114 x 6cm (67 x 45 x 2.5 inches)

Grear Patterson
Neville Maskelyne, 2017
Printed circuit boards on aluminium
171cm 114 x 6cm (67 x 45 x 2.5 inches)

Grear Patterson
Rene Carmille, 2017
Printed circuit boards on aluminium
171cm 114 x 6cm (67 x 45 x 2.5 inches)

Grear Patterson
July 20, 1969, 2017
Printed circuit boards on aluminium
171cm 114 x 6cm (67 x 45 x 2.5 inches)

Grear Patterson
Spaghetti Westerns and Nights Alone, 2017
Honey nut and wholegrain cheerios, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ poster
Dimensions variable

Grear Patterson
Cereal Eater, 2017
Digital video with Audio
5 minutes 30 seconds

Grear Patterson
Cereal Eater, 2017
Digital video with Audio
5 minutes 30 seconds

Grear Patterson
Paramount Hotel, 2017
Cereal boxes
34cm x 120cm x 14cm (67 x 45 x 2.5 inches)

Grear Patterson
Always Room for You, 2017
Teddy bears, baseballs
Dimensions variable