Jason Patterson's works on view at City Building
URBANA — Work by Jason Patterson is being featured in the latest Artist of the Corridor Exhibition Series in the City Building.
The Urbana artist's subject matter is predominately portraiture, with American cultural, political, social and historical themes. He describes himself as a "history painter," although technically his work is created with heavily spray-fixed chalk pastel on raw canvas — a technique that would be best described as drawing.
He uses this approach to bring traditional or archaic representational qualities into a contemporary context, re-establishing the piece as an object through attention to its unusual physicality.
As references, he uses Google search image results, YouTube video stills, photographs from the Library of Congress archives, newspaper clippings and other sources. In highlighting these, a clearer documentation of the means we have used to create the visual components of our cultural history is recognized.
The exhibit is free and open to the public through May 4 in the City Building lobby, 400 S. Vine St., U.