Patrick Whalen drawing
133 Concord St, Apt 4A, Brooklyn, NY 11201 917.836.0443

The drawings and paintings I create concern themselves with time and memory and the mundane moments that everyone experiences daily but often do not remember.

I begin with taking a photograph or calling on an observation or memory--freezing a moment in time. I replace those moments with a painting or photo, which itself, becomes a kind of fiction, an approximation of what once was. I seek to elevate the mundane to the exalted; to preserve time and memory. The layering of fiction and reality in my work reflects back the intricate layering of memory and experience that punctuate the quotidian. My drawings exploit the transparent qualtiy of vellum and I utilise pins to highlight areas of the the piece, especially those drawings on the bottom layers. This multi-layered tableau creates scenes where different areas of the recessed drawings are more focused while others are obscured, again briging the viewer back to the human experience of memory's multi-dimensionality and illusory qualities.

BORN Bennington, VT 1968

California College of Arts & Crafts MFA, May 1997

University of California, Berkeley BA, English and Art, 1992

2012 Expanding the Landscape, Art101 Brooklyn NY

2008 CHAIRS, Art101 Brooklyn NY

2005 GHOSTS AND VEILS, Art101 Brooklyn NY

2002 Dream Catcher video festival, Kiev Ukraine

2001 Galerie Ulrich Gering, Frankfurt Germany "Menschenbilder"

2001 Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt "spektrum kunstlandschaft"

2000 Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

2000 Smack Mellon Studios, Brooklyn, NY "The Skin Game"

1999 White Cloumns, New York, NY "Outer Boroughs"

1998 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California "Needles and Pins", curated by Arnold Kemp.

1997 Patricia Sweetow Gallery, 49 Geary, San Francisco, California "Introductions".

1997 Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California, "Toward the New Millennium", curated by Lawrence Rinder

1997 The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, California

1996 Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, California, "Confess", curated by Thelma Golden.

Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA