|Patrick Mahon, Water Memory Table Study, 2013, ink on balsawood, 15" x 22".|
January 16 – February 15, 2014
Artist workshop “Weather Structures: Printed Sculptures, Environmental Traces”: Saturday, January 11 & Sunday, January 12, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Martha Street Studio
In this solo exhibition, former Winnipegger Patrick Mahon creates printed sculptural installations that reference the human connection to shifting environmental conditions through an investigation of built structures. Forms based on images of water towers and on pictures of built supports used in invasive practices such as coal mining interplay in abstract arrangements where structures and flows comingle. A series entitled Water & Tower Allegory involves printed sculptures that extend Mahon’s longstanding commitment to intersections between art and design, decoration and expression, and the singular with the multiple. In a work made especially for Gallery 1C03, Water Memory Table, historical maps and written records that refer to the flooding of the Red River combine to produce a permeable structure that evokes a layered history of people and water in the Southern Manitoba region.
Patrick Mahon is an artist, writer, and teacher/academic; he was Chair of Visual Arts at the University of Western Ontario from 2000 - 2010. He has a BFA from the University of Manitoba School of Art and a MFA from the University of British Columbia. His work as a visual artist includes print-based projects that engage with historical and contemporary aspects of printmaking. It also involves responding to gallery and museum collections as well as establishing community-based art initiatives, including several regarding the environment. Mahon’s artwork has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. In Canada he has shown at Museum London, The Hamilton Art Gallery, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery, to name a few. Internationally his work has been presented at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing, China in 2005 and in Barthète (Toulouse), France in 2011. Mahon’s collaborative SSHRC project on the theme of water, Immersion Emergencies and Possible Worlds, began in 2010 and included a residency at the Banff Centre in 2013. As an individual artist he was in residence at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium and at La Maison Patrimoniale Barthète in France, both in 2011. He lives in London, Ontario.