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Artist Anne Patterson

Anne Patterson

Brooklyn, USA


American,   —   Anne Patterson is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. Her body of work consists of paintings, sculptures and large-scale multimedia installations that combine sculpture, architecture, lighting, video, music and scent. My work is inspired by the concept of multiplicity, and my fascination with the connection between parts and their whole. What happens when you start with one simple material or shape and multiply it? Why is the whole so much greater than the sum of its parts? How are these concepts of one and many a metaphor for individuals and communities in our society? My art explores these questions by utilizing one material in great multiplicity – 1,000 metal mesh birds, 7 miles of aluminum wire strands, or 34 miles of satin ribbon – to create awe-inspiring works that become a metaphor for the transformational power of group dynamics. I am interested in how using one shape, material, or form repeatedly can create something larger than the sum of its parts – something great and overwhelming in its scale and beauty. As the individual parts amass, they together take on qualities that transcend those of the parts, resulting in powerful visual and kinetic effects that amaze, astonish, and uplift. As a synesthete (when I hear sound I see color and shape) I also seek to create an experience where my viewers’ senses can overlap, producing a constructed synesthesia. I bring the skills I have learned from my years as a theater designer, and my artist's sense of color, light, shadow and movement, to transport visitors to a multi-sensory realm. Anne’s large-scale installations have filled cathedrals, office buildings, and galleries across the country with miles of fabric, aluminum ribbon, and metal birds. She created Graced With Light, an installation inspired by music, as the 2013 Artist-in-Residence at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Twenty miles of ribbon interacted with the cathedral's vaulted ceiling arches, carrying visitors’ prayers, dreams, and wishes skyward. Her most recent installation, Art for Earth commissioned by the fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna was made of thousands of lengths of fabric repurposed from Zegna fabrics. Anne has exhibited widely include solo exhibitions at The Ringling Museum and Alfstad & Contemporary. Her work has been shown at The Trapholt Museum, Denmark; Cristina Grajales, New York; Scope Art Fair, Miami; Aqua Art Fair, Miami; Building Bridges Art Exchange, Los Angeles; Valerie Dillon Gallery, New York; Denise Bibro, New York; Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, RI and One Twelve Gallery, Atlanta. Her paintings and sculptures are in private, public, and corporate collections across the USA (Tishman Speyer, Tribune Media, Nortek, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, Rhode Island Blue Cross) and in London. Anne’s theatrical and symphonic partnerships have included major venues across the United States: Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Arena Stage, The Wilma Theater, The Kennedy Center, Alliance Theater and prestigious symphonies throughout the country (San Francisco, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle). Patterson was the 2014 and 2016 CODAaward Winner for Liturgical Art and received a Creative Capital Award in 2008. She is a fellow of the Hermitage Artist’s Retreat. Education - B.A. Architecture, Yale University; M.F.A., Theater Design, The Slade School of Art, London UK.

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18 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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