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Charles Patrick


SAMUEL OWEN GALLERY has announced its anticipated show of new work by artist Charles Patrick, with an opening reception on Friday, November 18th.

Housed in plexiglas, Patrick’s meticulously crafted butterfly compositions use organic shapes to create wonderfully unique designs. Cut from vintage comic book covers and foreign currency, the colorful butterflies hover on entomology pins and cast crisp shadows across canvas.

While the observer may assume Charles Patrick’s work is a construct of specific meaning, any derived metaphor is far from intentional. The artist notes, "I never thought of any symbolism, like the money is flying away, or fleeting. I don't really have an affinity for butterflies, and I never read a comic book in my life. I just think the colors are great. But that's not what it's about. It's about just using these organic shapes to make something else." Despite this point of view, the emblematic nature is undeniably present. Symbolic of metamorphosis and the antithesis of remaining static, a butterfly aptly lends itself to reinterpretation. The tangible memory of a treasured comic book or a beloved childhood story is reformed into a new object of love.

Charles Patrick

Nov 18 – Dec 31, 2016