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Graeme Patterson, Secret Citadel

Graeme Patterson, Secret Citadel (2013), animation still [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Jan 16-Mar 20]

Graeme Patterson: Secret Citadel

Surrey Art Gallery
Surrey BC – Jan 16-Mar 20, 2016

Graeme Patterson, Secret Citadel

Graeme Patterson, Secret Citadel (2013), animation still [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Jan 16-Mar 20]

The past few years have seen an increase in works that could be described as narrative installation. Notable examples include The Intellection of Lady Spider House (2013) at the Art Gallery of Alberta, an anthological spook show “dramaturged” by the exhibition’s lead artist, Geoffrey Farmer; and Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson’s Bottles Under the Influence (2013), a phantasmagorical detective story that debuted in the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre.

Graeme Patterson’s Secret Citadel (2013) is yet another example. Less oblique than the projects of Farmer, Feyrer and Henderson, this work of Patterson’s “explores the trials and tribulations of male friendship” within a sophisticated four-part installation that employs live-action and stop-motion animation. In some instances, these males play table tennis and wrestle on a mat. In others, they appear as anthropomorphic figures: a bison and a cougar. In the words of curators Melissa Bennett and Sarah Fillmore, “Playful creativity brings them together while violent awkwardness tears them apart.”

The Surrey Art Gallery is the lone BC stop for Secret Citadel (the exhibit is co-produced by the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia) – appropriate given SAG’s ongoing commitment to technical innovation and new media.

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Michael Turner

Graeme Patterson, Secret Citadel

Graeme Patterson, Secret Citadel (2013), animation still [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Jan 16-Mar 20]

Graeme Patterson, Secret Citadel

Graeme Patterson, Secret Citadel (2013), animation still [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Jan 16-Mar 20]


 Sun, Nov 8, 2015