Robert Patrick

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I begin by stretching an unprimed, custom made, canvas tarpaulin directly to the wall through grommets located around its perimeter. These tarpaulin painting surfaces present as rough and unpretentious, staking out an action area while eschew

ing precious object status. When painting each mark/form becomes an abstracted response to perceptions and memories: cypher-symbols queued up to follow, to react to and modify previous similar actions, accumulating toward a visual zeitgeist. By conflating visible forms in nature and the invisible energies described by theoretical physics, I present fantasy environments shaped not only by light, but by sounds, smells, touch and taste. I ultimately understand and communicate my sense of being in the world through imagery that is as much visceral as rational.