Patrick Stratton - Artist Statement
My work combines weaving with mechanics to document micro social systems. Using systematized observation, I make pieces that try to highlight small human moments from a playful, existentialist viewpoint. Inspired by writers like Samuel Beckett, I try to do my best with what I have, reducing my experience in a time of overwhelming saturation.
I do this through my recent series: “Things I do Sometimes”. I start with listing in a scientific-like approach, moving left to right in a regularly occupied space, listing every action to do with an object; scroll through phone, charge phone, lock phone, forget password. I then pick an item, and convert it into a moving tapestry, often weaving it, then using motors to animate the piece.
The result varies, sometimes they work consistently, other times they only work for a few seconds. This results in the art being stable; in the form of a mechanical tapestry, or unstable; in the form of a short video and the tapestry pieces archived.
Ma, Fine Art, City and Guilds of London School of Art
Ba, Mathematics and Philosophy, University of Leeds
VoC Open Call, Longlisted, London
Cordis Tapestry Prize, Shortlisted, Edinburgh
Ashurst Emerging Art Prize, Shortlisted, London
Yes. Baby Summer Party, Essen, Germany
Just A Bunch Of String, London
Wobble Gob, London
Fibres, Air Gallery, Altricham
Hypha Studios and Mason and Fifth Artist’s Residency, London
Morning In The Burned House, The Lot Projects, London
Bad Art Presents: Touch Me Baby, The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, London
StART Martin Miller's Gin Emerging Art Prize, Saartchi Gallery, London
Your Safety, Our Concern, Morley Gallery, London
Cordis Tapestry Prize, Edinburgh
Permanent Temporary, The Bottle Factory, London
Ashurst Emerging Art Prize, London
Aura, Holy Art, London
REA Emerging Art Fair, REA, Milan
Bare Necessities ,Haus Gallery, London