Patrick Stavens (born 1994 in Tolland, Connecticut) is an emerging artist who lives and works in Portland, Maine.
May 2016 | Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
September 2017 | New Work, Martha's Herbary, Pomfret, Connecticut
July 2017 | In Habit: Practice and Place, Winner Memorial Gallery, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, New York
December 2016 | Small Works 2016, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, New York
August 2016 | VHS: A Tribute to 80's Cinema, Pinecone + Chickadee, Portland, Maine
June 2016 | 5th Annual Juried Exhibition, Arts Center East, Vernon, Connecticut
May 2016 | In Sensorium: BFA Thesis Exhibition '16, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
February 2016 | It Was All Very Queer, Artists at Work, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
December 2015 | Free for All 5, SPACE Gallery Annex, Portland, Maine
August 2015 | Sundays at 4: Pop-Up Art Show, Neighborhood Resource Center, Manchester, Connecticut
November 2015 | Nancy Stewart Deming Endowed Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Painting, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Abode Series (Statement)
Inspired by the inadvertent blemishes of my apartment building, I have created an assortment of sculptural paintings and objects that playfully abstract my surrounding architecture. Details such as irremovable walls scuffs, carpet and ceiling stains, floor scratches and appliance dents have visually informed my exploration of domestic wear. Sensory elements such as faint plumbing sounds have also been influential. For this body of work, my process has been linear because of the experimentation of various utilitarian materials. Through this I’ve found different ways to make texture and form that is specific to the building in which I reside. An example of this would be stucco. The self-contained nature of these pieces are reflective of my anally retentive approach to painting. Overall, this project examines the physical quirks that come with the circumstances of a tenancy.
BFA Thesis (Statement)
This body of work titled Riveting Dicks is an exploration of industrial fabrication and the connections that I have made between objects and desire. Through the utilization of ready-made assemblage, repetitive mark making and color, I have produced a collection of studies that illustrate the duality between an inviting tactility and a mechanical austere. Aside from the conventional painting materials and processes, these objects are comprised of the detritus of industry and commercialism. My intent with these works, is to induce a viewer to contemplate what makes a manufactured product appealing.
With a focus on heteronormativity in relation to clothing, my intent with this installation is to transgress the immersive experience of a department store. The various readymades signify elements of drag culture.