Canvas Presents: PACK
By Patrick Colhoun
Launch Night August 31st at 7pm
‘PACK’, is an installation of 11 robot dogs made of ceramic and various complimentary materials. They vary in size, namely large, medium and small, giving an impression of a hierarchy of ages and stages of development, just like a family.
Patrick Colhoun’s work has long focused on issues around mental health, particularly the ease of access to prescription medication and subsequent societal reliance on that to treat anxiety and depression. The analogy of the robot dog, or Black Dog, represents the decline of the person to a basic functioning being as the senses are numbed. The relationship of each dog to each other represents what, to some, is the last meaningful thing to exist, namely family and community.
The aesthetic of the pieces will incorporate many visual characteristics recognizable from earlier work. Use of primary colours is prevalent and presents a bright façade whereby the pieces may look playful and happy whilst the subject matter is dark. Use of ceramic as the main material is complimented by the introduction of several materials not usually associated with traditional ceramics. Materials such as hosiery, Meccano, Corian, metal spikes and neon add a contemporary aesthetic.
The analogy of the PACK now reflects one of the few support structures left, namely family.
PACK emphasises the collective value of sticking together, the hierarchy of the pieces in terms of size will reflect a family unit, reliant on and supporting each other.
PACK is a collection of disparate, disconnected pieces, but PACK is a family.