I am fascinated by the pattern within art, especially, though not exclusively, experienced through vicarious involvement with the artist and his/her environment and response to that environment by absorption in the art.
When I see the Dolni Vestonice bust, I feel as though I know the artist, or at least something about the environment in which he or she lived and the artistic drive with which they responded to that environment. From this ice age person, I feel that I have learned something about the continuity of our species and its art and perspective. Usually contemporary, though quite often non contemporary artist, and/or anyone else who left us a record of the environment, life, and culture from the dawn of the species to the present, can help us to understand life's experience in it's myriad facets, so when you view someone's work or read or listen to the ancient myths and you hear or see something "new", a satori opens up, and you cannot help but to know that this "new" was intrinsically apropos. In the cave art of southern France and the Pyrenees we can discern patterns that reemerge in the sculpture of the Egyptians or the relief's of the Babylonians.
When we feel certain of the appropriateness of what we sense, we are all exposed to a universal fabric that binds us all, past and present, into a unified whole. It is this fabric through time and across cultures that I feel when I am able to capture a moment in my art and communicate it to others. When I retell the myths that have inspired some of my sculptures, my audiences receive the stories with the same wonder and delight as listeners have for at least the last 10 millennia. Therefore, if the essence or intent of a feeling or emotion can be held and passed around, it works because it fits the fabric or perhaps, the evolving fabric fits it.
Rod has been sculpting for 25 years and has been focusing on the figure for the past 22 years. His favorite classic piece is the laocoon group by Aegesander, Athenodoris, and Polydoris. He has had works at the Willoughby towers gallery, the Grove street gallery, the arround the cyote gallery, the frink-manheim gallery, and in several smaller group shows. He was a founding member of the bucktown/holstein park artist fest, and participated in the earlier greening of wicker park festivals.
His works are in private collections from Hermosa Beach in California, to LightHouse Point in Florida. 2 are on public display in Chicago.
He gives a vibrant and dynamic presence to what he refers to as his "Mythofigurative sculptures" He has mastered a difficult art with flare and precision in his desire to capture "just one moment" of a figure in motion.
Rod Patterson - Sculptor
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