A Hell of My Own Making

Patrick Church:

A Hell of My Own Making

117 Beekman Street, NYC

On view through September 30th, 2019

Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-7pm

In collaboration with Wallplay and curated by Ty Cooperman, Patrick Church’s solo exhibition A Hell of My Own Making will make its worldwide debut at 117 Beekman St. in the South Street Seaport in Manhattan.

Featuring dozens of works, many of which will be on public display for the first time, A Hell of  My Own Making visually tells the story of Patrick Church’s artistic development since moving to New York City in 2017. As exemplified by his “Reflections of You” and “All Over You” series, as an artist Patrick is deeply committed to ideological serialization, enabling each body of work to go through a distinct process of maturation. His willingness to trench the depths of his psyche becomes most evident upon realizing the impact that Church’s deep and unwavering love for his husband, Adriel, has on his art. In studying his art, a pattern of symbolism clearly develops: orange becomes a synecdoche for the flame of love in Patrick’s marriage, while pink becomes a signal that Patrick is working through his own anxieties and insecurities––pink and orange become figurative tools for conveying the fragmented actuality of the human experience.

Aesthetically and figuratively, Patrick Church’s works also illuminate his personal journey of being a British-born artist living in New York City. The heartfelt, rough sentence fragments, cross-outs, and recurring figures are reminiscent of Tracey Emin’s works on gouache, while his impulse to re-paint and re-wash so many of his works imbues them with electrifying colors and an abundance of texture, paying homage to great twentieth-century modernists who, like Patrick, decided to call New York City home. This connection from Church’s hand to his finished work and his ability to use any surface as a canvas breaks the dominating trend of technological and computerized modes of creation within the contemporary art market, as Church skillfully employs painterly techniques to communicate his internal and external realities



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