Pat Flynn: Draw me a Castle
- Saturday, 7th July - Sunday, 19th August 2007
The seductive worlds created by Pat Flynn explore modern landscapes, historical architecture and fiction. They are hauntingly familiar, filled with hope and aspiration. From a British retail shopping mall, with its uniform Americanisation, to a reflection of a shoe shop in a shiny marble floor, he takes you into recognisable spaces that feel at first glance comfortable and safe. However, Flynn’s romantic cityscapes seem bereft of human intervention. This lack of presence coupled with the expectation of action induces a form of paralysing introspection in which you are compelled to think about daily activity, public spaces and interaction with other people.
Flynn’s work shifts from computer generated photographs to animations: from a snake that continuously moves through a peep-hole shoe, to a child’s mobile, recreating Ptolemy’s model of our solar system where the celestial bodies are reduced to small circular discs perpetually spinning around the earth. When a ‘real’ physical object does appear, it is often taken from the world he creates or from a computer game environment that influences his work.
Flynn studied at Staffordshire and Manchester Metropolitan Universities. Other solo exhibitions include: ‘Gas and Dust’, International 3, Manchester (2007). Group exhibitions include: ‘Ourselves Alone’, Galerie Marion Scharmann, Cologne (2006); ‘We go round and round in the night and are consumed by fire’, Liverpool Biennial (2004) and ‘Out of Town’, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2002). Between 2001 and 2002, Flynn was Wheatley Fellow at the University of Central England.
He lives and works in Manchester.