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Looking Out, Looking In: Drawings, Prints, Books (and dresses?) by Ippy Patterson

July 16 @ 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free as the wind.

Ippy Patterson is a Hillsborough based fine artist whose work delights and excites through a wide range of approaches to drawing and mark making.

Botanical studies in a range of scales and sizes, fantasy explorations, narrative storytelling, gestural figure drawings, pandemic studies of trees and the edge of the woods, “hair” drawings, “abstract” non referential mark making studies, and incredibly detailed pen and ink illustrations are but a few of the ways Ippy has been creating drawings and celebrating mark makring for over 40 years. I’m excited that this will be the first solo exhibition at PS118 on our 36 foot long main exhibition wall (and work spills over to other areas of the gallery).

The exhibit centers on Ippy’s “Sheltering in Place” series of two foot by three foot charcoal “Woodscapes.”

In Ippy’s words. . . In April of 2020, like so many of us, I turned to home to find remedy. I thought of how I had never really thanked our place for what it has given me during the 30 years we have lived here. I had never drawn the landscape of home mostly because I assumed I couldn’t. But last spring I remembered how Nerys Levy had encouraged me to see the landscape as occurring on three planes — this was concrete help. She also encouraged me to use the bold line I use to draw the nude to draw the landscape. In the 1980s Ray Eames suggested that I draw plants the way I drew the body in my life drawings. That comment took me by surprise . But it sunk in. These were two great teaching moments in my drawing life. . . .

This exhibit also features ongoing experiments including blowing up a few of Ippy’s incredibly detailed full color botanical studies to larger than life size canvas prints; collaborations with photographer Wojtek Wojdynski in which Ippy’s nude drawings are superimposed on Wojtek’s landscape photographs. Printed on silk these can be scrims, curtains, scarves, shirts, or dresses. We have also taken two of Ippy’s woodscapes and turned them into signed and numbered 12 x 18 inch prints on heavyweight paper (limited edition of 100 copies).

The exhibit also provides a peek at Ippy’s current project “The Boogeyman Memoirs” which includes 30+drawings and a prose poem.  “The print seen here relates to the psychological ingestion of fairy tales. I grew up at 8,000 feet in a mining camp in the Chilean Andes, under the sway of fairy tales, my mother having packed several beautiful early 20th century books into our crates when we sailed from NYC in 1959. The plate illustrations had as much an influence on me as the vastness of the Atacama desert itself had, each in a completely different way.”


July 16
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free as the wind.
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