Artists

Panem et circenses

Panem et circenses

11/04/2017 to 30/04/2017

In his latest series of portraits, PJ Paterson’s casts celebrities under the gritty realism of the police mugshot, using found internet images as source imagery.

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Boxer Rebellion

Boxer Rebellion

28/06/2016 to 17/07/2016

Boxer Rebellion is a selection of photographic and moving image works from artist PJ Paterson. The works come together to portray a post apocalyptic reality. As developers look to expand the outer limits of the city to accommodate population growth, inner city living becomes more and more elite. Paterson depicts a scenario where the populace is no longer concerned about the destruction of the earth – instead seeking refuge on another planet.

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Year of the Bull

Year of the Bull

13/10/2015 to 1/11/2015

The invention of digital photography in 1975, and subsequent computer programs that enabled photographers to alter and add to their pictures, changed photography profoundly. It suddenly became much more than ‘point and shoot’; more than just being on the spot at the right time. Critics and the public realised that the digital age opened up a whole new field of creativity, providing new tools to make art. Painters no longer had a monopoly on the invented image. The challenge hadn’t changed – bad photographers could and would still make bad work. But good photographers could now become visionaries.

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New Work

New Work

27/01/2015 to 15/02/2015

PJ Paterson's varied practices switches from photography to paintings and addresses diverse subject matter. In his new series, he returns to painting, exploring iconic figures who have shaped his identity and influenced his cultural landscape. Depicting such cult figures as Cher, Muhammad Ali and Thom Yorke, Paterson’s new paintings employ a similar pointillist technique used in his earlier Twiggy series, which involves the painstaking recreation of images using tiny painted dots to Perspex.

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Revelation 8:7

Revelation 8:7

14/10/2014 to 26/10/2014

Revelation 8:7 continues Paterson’s concern with notions of decay, destruction and obsolescence. Manipulated digital photography is employed to reframe the familiar and imagine an end-point for our society of excess, brutally deconstructing modern myths such as the success of capitalism and consumerism.

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The City

The City

19/03/2014 to 12/04/2014

Modernity has been out of favour since the late 60s when capitalism and consumerism and its omnivorous feeding habits began to be questioned by artists, philosophers and commentators alike.

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Twiggy Considered as a Gestalt System

Twiggy Considered as a Gestalt System

16/04/2013 to 28/04/2013

In this series P J Paterson playfully utilises images of iconic 1960s model Twiggy to explore the ideas of appropriation and artistic property first examined by the Pop Artists.

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Symmetry, Repetition & Noise

Symmetry, Repetition & Noise

17/07/2012 to 5/08/2012

PJ Paterson’s work is centred on the politics of progress, offering a critique of the power structures and technologies that define contemporary life. Incorporating painting, photography and printmaking as well as a range of new media practices, Paterson’s work challenges cultural aesthetics by reframing familiar imagery in unexpected ways.

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Glory

Glory

12/04/2011 to 1/05/2011

PJ Paterson's new work readdresses the concept of his earlier Holy Roman Empire series, centring on the notion of obsolescence and decay in contemporary society.

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Iphigenia at Ilium and other stories

Iphigenia at Ilium and other stories

6/04/2010 to 25/04/2010

PJ Paterson’s latest exhibition, 'Iphigenia at Ilium and other stories', focuses on exploitation, gender roles and the place of narrative and art in reflecting societal values.

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Holy Roman Empire

Holy Roman Empire

2/06/2009 to 21/06/2009

PJ Paterson uses gritty renderings of urban spaces to create vivid depictions of society's decaying edges. His process involves collecting images that resonate with him then collating, ordering and transforming this base matter to establish patterns and meanings.

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