Abode Series

"White Faucet", resin, fabric and gesso on wood, 6.5 x 5 x 2 in, 2016

"Emergency Stairway", acrylic paint, molding paste and resin on ceiling tile, 4.5 x 7 in, 2016

"Luffa Lump", acrylic paint, sponges, ceramic tile and wood, 12 x 12 x 7.5 in, 2017

"Stucco Study", acrylic paint and molding paste on wood, 7.5 x 2.25 in, 2016

"Corroded Faucet", acrylic paint, resin, clay and molding paste on wood, 5.5 x 4.5 x 2 in, 2016

"Brick", bathroom tiles, liquid latex and resin on panel, 5 x 7 in, 2016

"Carpet", acrylic paint and clay on panel, 18 x 24 in, 2017

"Cushion", clay, fabric, acrylic paint and a nail, 4 x 4 in, 2016

"Wall Bubble", clay, molding paste, resin and acrylic paint on panel, 5.25 x 5.25 in, 2016

"Good Bones", acrylic paint on resin and clay, 8.5 x 8.5 in, 2017

Posted on: October 18, 2017
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Inspired by the inadvertent blemishes of my apartment building, this collection is an assortment of sculptural paintings and objects that playfully abstract my surrounding architecture. Oddities such as irremovable wall scuffs, carpet and ceiling stains, floor scratches and appliance dents have visually informed my exploration of domestic wear. Through the experimentation of materials such as resin and molding paste, I've found new and different ways to make texture and form that is specific to the building in which I reside. The self-contained nature of these pieces is a reflection of my anally retentive approach to painting as well as isolated details of the space. Overall, this project examines the physical quirks that come with a tenancy. Despite the initial annoyance of the circumstances one like myself would have, there must be acceptance of the imperfections in order to make a new space home.

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Patrick Stavens

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BFA Alumni

Major: Painting

Graduation Year: 2016

Artist Statement:

My practice is driven by material manipulation and a desire to make art that uncovers beauty in the blemishes of architecture. I am influenced by interior spaces and odd textures that arise on surfaces over time. My objects highlight details of haphazard markings caused by human activity. Whether it be chunky, rough or bumpy, my work is tactile and dimensional. Because of these qualities, it may be enticing to touch. What I make calls attention to what is well worn and overlooked in familiar settings. Despite it being something that isn't wanted, defacement embodies character. My work closely examines markings that are casually accepted as part of a space.