Posted on: April 12, 2016
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My thesis body of work 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 pieces is to induce a viewer to contemplate what makes a manufactured product appealing.

Image List from Top to Bottom:

1. "Mohegan Sun", oil, acrylic and tape on maple, 27.5 x 22 in
2. "Ooze", acrylic, liquid latex and an air hose connector on panel, 9 x 6 in
3. "Leak", oil, liquid latex, and a Romex connector on panel, 10 x 5.5 in
4. "Right", acrylic and tape on maple, 28 x 32 in
5. "Tru-Flate", acrylic, oil, liquid latex, PSI tire gauge bleeder valve and flow control valve on panel, 9 x 6 in
6. "Saddle", oil, spray paint and copper pipe saddles on panel, 6 x 6 in

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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.