One of Canada’s outstanding artists is in Halifax to open an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Graeme Patterson: Secret Citadel opens Feb. 1 in Halifax.
The exhibition explores the trials and tribulations of male friendship, but the story touches on the subtleties that are part of any close relationship. This body of work was five years in the making and comes out the artist’s exploration of ideas of friendship from childhood to old age.
“This project has pushed me and my practice to places I never planned on going,” said Graeme Patterson.
Secret Citadel features large, intricate sculptures through which the viewer can watch animations that relate part of a story told by a bison and a cougar. Guided by subtle gestures and intense interactions, an anthropomorphic bison and cougar create a bond that spans a lifetime. Playful creativity brings the characters together while awkwardness tears them apart.
Patterson’s intention as an artist is to bring the viewer into the world of play that he exists in when creating miniature worlds based on personal memories and experiences. The worlds on view in Secret Citadel consist of animation, sculptural models, robotics, sound, music and some interactive elements; Patterson’s work probes universal themes of longing, loss and recovery.
The Atlantic finalist for the 2009 Sobey Art Award, Graeme Patterson has won the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award (2009), been nominated for a JUNO Award (2011) and won the Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award in Media Arts (2012) for outstanding mid-career artists. He is the youngest artist to have work collected by the National Gallery of Canada. In 2012-13, his work was featured in a major survey of Canadian art at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. He graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2002.
This exhibition is possible thanks to the support and sponsorship of The ROY Condominium Residences, Arts New Brunswick, the Government of Nova Scotia, and the Canada Council. It was co-produced with the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and co-curated by Melissa Bennett, Art Gallery of Hamilton and Sarah Fillmore, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Graeme Patterson: Secret Citadel is on view until May 30.