Originally from Dumbarton Patrick Queen now lives and works in the city of Glasgow in Scotland. A recent graduate from the sculpture department at the Glasgow School of art his work explores the processes of transformation, conversion, metamorphosis and transfiguration within life; the potential that people and objects have to change and to become something new. Working interdisciplinary through painting, drawing, sculpture and photography his work examines this core concept of change aiming to make sense of past, present and future events and the role that they have in shaping who we understand ourselves to be today in the here and now.
His sculptures primarily composed of welded unfinished steel overlain with raw and fired clay explore the physicality of materials and their nature and propensity to break down over time. This dual nature and meaning can be seen as a metaphor for the life process and cycles found in nature - a building up and nurturing followed by decomposition and recycling of form and energy. Formally the work is often inspired by found materials from nature collected in locations ranging from Israel to Sardinia, all ending up inevitably in his studio in Glasgow to be explored and dwelled on intensely over long periods of times. Picked apart by hand and eye, again and again, he understands that what he sees and feels before him he will never have full grasp of intellectually - the infinite potential of objects to give new meaning and direction to life. Each study reveals before unseen lines and forms to become shapes in a future piece of work, old memories combined with focused meditation in the here and now to create something new out of something bygone.
To be shown for the first time in the show are collages containing film photographs of past journeys and travels juxtaposed together with new and old drawings in gouache, charcoal and pencil. Text pieces from past diary entries and quotes from books which have shaped and continue to shape the life direction he takes are also incorporated into the collages. Books, much like the found objects, which have been visited again and again, left to penetrate deep into his mind before surfacing weeks, sometimes months later to inform new direction within his life and work. The overlaying of text with image over image hints at this multilayered experience of his mind, and of his memory, and the struggle sometimes which ensues in attempting to understand and place both in the moment of present experience. The collage work then is a visual representation of this complex course into understanding his mind and memory and of the subsequent process of yielding, of letting go and being okay with not knowing.
And sometimes if you sit, close your eyes and just feel who you are - where are you?‘ -Osho
The work on show is the result of ongoing research into the themes of time, location and movement and the influences they have in shaping and changing human identity. Central to these themes are questions relating to change and stasis, past and present and the nature of self and other - where does the past end and the present begin and where exactly am I able to locate myself within these moments? The work aims to explore the relationship between these themes and to make visible the moments of overlap and tension that can arise when exploring a possible consolidation to these questions.
Patrick Queen’s exhibition will open on the 3rd of July at 6pm.
The opening is free to attend, but drinks are free only if you book here or bring flyers you found or have.
Workshop on 05/07/14, 11am-12:30pm; Talk 1pm-2pm.
Only a limited amount of places is available!
Workshop is free if you book or bring a flyer, otherwise £10 for adults, and £5 for children on the door.
Book online or call 01286 671 366
The exhibition and workshop is sponsored by Bruce Edwards Jones Commercial Brokers and Ty Siocled