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“Unnatural Histories” of Patrick St Paul exhibition, at the Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery, London.

David Franchi – Sunday, 21st September 2014

Careless Talk Costs Lives, 2011 © Patrick StPaul at Cock 'n' Bull Gallery, London

Careless Talk Costs Lives, 2011 © Patrick StPaul at Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery, London

“Unnatural Histories” of Patrick St Paul is an interesting exhibition, at the Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery, London. This exhibition displays new fresh works by the London based artist. Unnatural Histories opens the season for September at Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery.

Patrick St Paul was a successful professional in advertising. He broke out to rural Scotland where he lived rough in the mountains for a year with a community of artists and musicians. When in the Scottish Highlands, Patrick St Paul started to assemble unrelated, strange objects, coming from a naturalistic environment where the sound and frenetic urban life were absents. Scavenged bones and old photographs were joined with machine parts to create hybrids, part animal part furniture.

Patrick uses found bones, antiques and other curiosities to create original articles from existing artefacts. Each element of every piece is given a rebirth; old stories are forged together, creating new stories and new meanings.

With historians for parents, Patrick has spent his entire life studying the anthropological history of human kind. Narrative and the process of knowing have always played a key role in his interest of ‘things’ and in turn, his creation of new ‘things’.

“Unnatural Histories” presents huge drawings made with graphite on white paper. Also there are interesting installations, and vitrine with cutlery – both made using bones. The employ of bones is a bit scaring, but it is full of ancestral connections. Patrick St Paul uses bones as a common element, a sort of red line.

However, the most fascinating works, at the Cock and Bull Gallery exhibition, are the drawings. Although full of lines, therefore giving a lot of

Eliot's Ghost, from The Intimate series, 2014 © Patrick StPaul at Cock 'n' Bull Gallery, London

Eliot’s Ghost, from The Intimate series, 2014 © Patrick StPaul at Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery, London

signal the eye has difficulties in understanding, the drawings are the superb demonstration of the artist work. Especially the larger drawings are more involving, the graphite lines are not getting lost in between themselves, so acquiring more expressivity.

These drawings are built with a sort of images overlay, using a method that reminds a photographer technique. The work of Patrick St Paul seems to be made of hallucinatory visions and, in particular, it reminds the period of the late 1960s and 1970s. The drawings seem to take inspiration from Jean Giraud, aka Moebius, aka Gir, French famous artist and comic book author. With themes of fragmented knowledge, nonsense, family and folklore, Patrick has layered image after image – mainly human beings portraits – on top of each other creating one whole and unique “unnatural history”.

The exhibition “Unnatural Histories” will run from 19th September until 10th October 2014, at the Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery, Shoreditch,  London.

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