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Campbell Patterson.

Campbell Patterson has drawn on the detritus of his surroundings for his latest exhibition, opening at the Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena this week.

toot floor, which includes painting, film, and works on paper, was created during his time as the 2017 University of Otago Frances Hodgkins Fellow.

Engaging in conscious acts of repetition to document the banality and absurdity of everyday life, Patterson makes the ordinary seem abstract in the 15 pieces he has spent the past year creating.

Inspired by “night-time, isolation and boredom'', he translates common materials, or habits, into formalist exercises that meditate on the tedious as an aesthetic device.

He describes his time as the Frances Hodgkins Fellow as "amazing''.

“I am extremely grateful and I think I will really miss being in Dunedin,'' he says.

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Campbell Patterson, toot floor [detail], 2017, oil and gesso on carpet, courtesy the artist and Michael Lett Gallery.

Patterson has a diverse creative practice spanning painting, sculpture, printmaking, text, video and installation.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, the University of Auckland in 2006, and was awarded the Artist in Residence at McCahon House in 2015.

'Campbell Patterson toot floor' will be showing at Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, 90 Anzac Ave, Dunedin, from 17 February – 14 April 2018. The exhibition will be open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

A video interview with Andrea Bell, Hocken Curator of Art, is available via: toot

About the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship was established by the University of Otago Council in 1962, largely through the efforts of Dunedin philanthropists.
It was intended to “encourage artists in the practice and advancement of their art” by providing them with a studio and a year's stipend, to aid and encourage painters, sculptors and multi-media artists, while at the same time associating them with the life of the University and fostering an interest in the Arts within the University.
It was named after Dunedin-born Frances Hodgkins, one of New Zealand's most distinguished painters.

About Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena

Established in 1910, the Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena celebrates the histories, cultures and natural environments of Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific and Antarctica with special emphasis on southern New Zealand.
The Hocken's Pictures Collection holds more than 17,000 artworks relating to New Zealand and the Pacific, dating from 18th century voyagers through to contemporary artists.

For more information, and further images, please contact:

Robyn Notman
Head Curator - Pictorial Collections
Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena
Phone: +643 479 5600


Andrea Bell
Curator of Art - Pictorial Collections
Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena
Phone: +643 479 9020

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