Charles Patrick (b. 1970) is best known for his intricately cut paper butterflies, suspended like museum specimens on individual entomology pins, clustered together to form icons, logos, and symbols. Living in a world between the paper and digital ages, he creates work that conjures feelings of nostalgia for the tactility of paper, made from vintage comic books, children’s books, currency, maps, and other obsolete ephemera. This stands in jarring contrast to the clean, pixelated designs that the butterflies form, exchanging individual emotion for the universal immediacy of today’s contemporary visual language. Targets, hearts, ohms, and stars pop from the canvas in three dimensions- a fresh departure from the flat screens that are the norm today.
With a background in vintage poster restoration, illustration, and printmaking, Charles Patrick combines his love of paper, art history, and design to create works that are both strikingly beautiful and poignantly thought-provoking.