Born 1983, Portsmouth (GB). Lives and works in Dunedin (NZ)
Campbell Patterson creates works in an interchangeable array of media that evoke the mundane, repetitive, but frequently sublime aspects of everyday living and suburban experience. In his video work, Patterson often transforms his body into an absurd domestic tool, such as in the ongoing series Lifting my mother for as long as I can (2006– ). Particularly through the use of repetition, Patterson invokes the conceptual tradition of mid-twentieth century through figures like Stanley Brouwn and On Kawara—transplanted into the contexts of domestic Aotearoa environments.
Patterson graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland in 2006. His work has been included in: Abject Failures, Hastings City Art Gallery (2018); Performance Portraits, Auckland City Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2016); Art as a verb, Artspace, Sydney (2015) and the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2010). Significant solo exhibitions include: toot floor, Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hākena, Dunedin (2018), the Pah Homestead, Auckland (2019) call sick, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2017) and Honky Tonkin’, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland (2015). Patterson was awarded the Parehuia Artists’ Residency at McCahon House, Auckland in 2015 and the Frances Hodgkins fellowship in 2017.