Patch Wright

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Artist Statement 

Through process, experience and transformation of materials, my work exemplifies a fossilized philosophical suicide. I make frozen Happy-sads, Old babies and Double zeros. My studio is an absurd Oyster, where I calcify ideas of ephemerality, permanence and significance. Mechanically, like sand in a cut, these theoretical particles are in complete cataclysm in the Oysters bowels, inducing an intoxicating sphere of perversity that behaves like a lubricated ball bearing diverting all fertile reasoning past any problematic truths in its cyclical existence. This allows me to internally question what I am doing and know exactly what I’m doing at the same time. Subsequently, my making endures periodic struggles that can be physical, alchemical or both, that live, die and fossilize into the history of my practice like the Silver dapple gene in the constitution of every idea cum art piece.

 

CV

B. 1978 Los Angeles CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles CA

EDUCATION

2014
MFA, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont CA

2010
BFA, California College of the Arts, Oakland CA

2009
AICAD, New York Studio Program

T.A. / Internships

2014
Scripps College, Susan Rankaitis, combined media 100b (spring)

2014
Scripps College, Susan Rankaitis, combined media 100b (fall)

2013
La Verne University, Keith Lord, sculpture 1(spring)

2009
Athena Project, Artist Mentor for “at risk youth”, Oakland CA

Awards

2014
Presidents Art Award, Claremont Graduate University

2014
Fernandez Art Prize, Claremont Graduate University

2012-14
CGU Fellowship Award, Claremont Graduate University CA

2008-09
Marjorie Benedict Memorial Merit Scholorship, CCA, Oakland CA

2007
Belle Foundation for Cultural Development, recipient of the individual grant for sculpture, San Jose CA

Selected Exhibitions 

2015
Someplaces, curated by David Pagel, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont CA

2014
In-Situ, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica CA

2014
sublimayto sublimahto, MFA Thesis exhibition, East Gallery, Claremon Graduate University, Claremont CA

2013
Keep In Touch, UCLA New Wight Gallery Invitational Exhibition, Los Angeles CA

2010
Aqua Art Fair, Art Miami

2010
Sympathetic ganglion, BFA Thesis Exhibition, California College of the Arts Oakland CA

2009
Triple Threat, Autobody Fine Art, Alameda CA

2009
Artificial Nature, Autobody Fine Art, Alameda CA

2007
Phantom Galleries, San Jose CA

2006
Patch Wright, Institute of Contemporary Art Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz CA

2004
Still Life? E Gallery, Pomona CA