Getting Personal: Jason Patterson

Getting Personal: Jason Patterson

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Melissa Merli chats with artist Jason PattersonGetting Personal appears first in print, in the Sunday newspaper. In the July 29 paper, we'll have a chat with auto dealer Jennifer Shelby. 

What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?

About 8 a.m. Get ready for work at the Art Coop Inc. or work in my studio.

What did you have for lunch today? Where? With whom?

A Johnsonville brat at work at the Art Coop with Amanda, my co-worker.

Best high school memory?

Reading "Hamlet" and absolutely loving it.

Tell me about your favorite pair of shoes.

I only have one pair. They are my Timberland Earthkeeper boots. But when I was in high school, I had the Air Jordan 11s. Those were my all-time favorite shoes.

What does a perfect Sunday afternoon include?

Working in my studio and getting a lot of art work done.

Was there one book you read as a child that you still cherish? Own? Read?

Yes. "Hamlet," again.

Where on earth are you dying to go? Why?

It may sound unambitious, but I would really like to go to the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective that is showing at the Art Institute of Chicago right now.

Tell me about your favorite pet.

We had a Rottweiler named Cargo. He was 110 pounds of love.

Have you discovered as you matured that you are becoming like one of your parents? Which one and how?

No, I think I am not much like my parents. But I hope that I am becoming like my maternal grandfather. If anything, there is certainly a physical resemblance between us.

What would you order for your last meal?

Rib tips from Black Dog Smoke & Ale House.

What can you NOT live without?

I would say making art. My friends would say my smartphone and the Internet.

Who do you have on your iPod?

I really love Sufjan Stevens because his music has a lot of historical narratives. And I really love Neko Case.

What's the happiest memory of your life?

I am not very nostalgic when it comes to myself, personally. So my happiest memories are always pretty short term. So I suppose whenever I finished my last piece.

If you could host a dinner party with any three living people in the world, whom would you invite?

Gerhard Richter (German painter), Luc Tuymans (Belgian painter) and Don Pollack (American painter).

What's the best advice you've ever been given?

Art is about idea. Not technical skill.

What's your best piece of advice?

Working as hard and as long as you possibly can at what you love is paramount and fundamental.

What was your first job, and how much did you make an hour?

Savoy 16 movie theater. Minimum wage.

What was a pivotal decision in your career, and how did you arrive at that decision?

Becoming a full-time artist. Because there isn't anything else I would ever want to do.

Do you have a bad habit? What is it?

Posting everything I do, work wise, online.

How do you handle a stressful situation?

The stress I get out of my work I like to think of as good challenges. But with other stressful things, I just make more work.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Patterson is doing a residency at Figure One, 116 N. Walnut, C, from now through August. He is there most days, but the gallery is officially open to the public from 5 to 9 p.m. every Friday. For details on his work there, see