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Patrick Foran's avatar Patrick Foran

My recent series of large-scale paintings looks at the various upheavals of the past 18 months through the lens of history painting, a classical style that attempts to consolidate grand narratives within a relatable viewpoint. Right now, our collective condition is defined by distance, and our common tragedy is one of transmission. The global pandemic, riots and demonstrations, conspiracy theories, political polarization, distrust of government: all of them move at the speed of a virus replicating itself in the public host, the body politic. In this time of proliferation, when so much of our experience is mediated by social media and viral imagery, my work offers a site of contemplation for the disorder underlying history. It’s an antidote to speed as it requires slowness and reflection. It’s a remedy for isolation because it asks viewers for self-reflection and dialogue, to shun simplistic narratives and examine their personal relationship to a tumultuous time.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 0 inches
  • Medium: Acrylic on canvas
  • Width: 100 inches
  • Year created: 2020
  • Height: 73 inches