A memorial is an object that provides a focus for the memory or commemoration of something, usually a deceased person or a historical tragic event.
Patrick Cole’s new work Memorial functions as a monument to a fictional tragic event that uses the traditions of “the Bard” to explore ideas of morality, death, loneliness and vegetables. Cole seeks to create a catharsis for the audience, employing humour to engage with shared beliefs, ideas and moral attitudes. Using layered narratives, to traverse the archaic tropes of stories, often told yet half-remembered, Cole navigates the familiar, as it becomes absurd, in his part-scripted, part ad-libbed soliloquies.
The work was developed during Cole’s spring 2019 residency, commissioned by Southwark Park Galleries in celebration of our 35th Anniversary.
Patrick Cole lives and works in south London. He graduated from Camberwell College of Art in London in 2005 and with a Master of Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art in 2014. Recent exhibitions include: Restaurant, Whitstable Biennale 2018; Grow, Sunday Painter Gallery, London 2018; Bardism (BBQ), Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh 2017; Bullfighting, Crownpoint Studios, Glasgow International, Glasgow, 2016; Hippy!, Neoterismoi Toumazou, Nicosia, 2016 and A Cowboy’s Rite of Passage, CCA, Glasgow, 2015.
Patrick was shortlisted for the Converse x Dazed Emerging Artist Award, The Royal Academy, London in 2015; included in the Catlin Guide, 2015; received Performancepreis, Filigran Trägersysteme GmbH & Co KG, 2014 and was included in Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2013.
Dilston Grove – Southwark Park Galleries // 1 Park Approach, Southwark Park, London SE16 2UA from 12-14 September. Times: Thursday // Friday // Saturday // 7-8.30PM. Admission: Limited Early Bird: £5 + booking fee, General Admission: £7 / £6 + booking fee. Limited tickets available on the door.