Graeme Patterson: Woodrow
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Victoria BC Mar 14May 11, 2008
Graeme Patterson, The Grain Elevator (2005), wood, foam-core, electronics, video projector, DVD player, animation [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, Mar 14-May 11]
Woodrow is a 1:10 scale re-creation of a tiny town in rural Saskatchewan. With a population of fewer than 10 people, most of the main architectural structures in Woodrow are abandoned, and it is on the brink of becoming a ghost town. Woodrow is also artist Graeme Patterson's home town, and where he currently lives and works.
The complex multimedia installation includes scale models of buildings and the use of animated and kinetic machinery, stop-motion animation, electronics and audio to bring the set to life. Included are the town's grain elevator, church, hockey arena, a barn, a machine shop and studio, a house and a set of grain bins.
Romanticised memories of his family's farm inspired the moving images and audio that light and animate the scene. Images of animals and people project from within the barn, kinetic machinery can be heard in the grain elevator, a lathe and milling machine run in the shop, robotic pests make appearances, the heads and eyes of a group of deer are animated by motion detectors and a 24-hour time lapse loop of a prairie vista extends the sculptural road in the set.
Patterson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Degree at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2002. Woodrow, an homage to a fading way of rural life and a tribute to his grandparents, has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, and the Illingworth-Kerr Gallery in the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. In 2009 the installation will travel to the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art in Toronto.