Patrick Goddard

Patrick Goddard
Patrick Goddard, A Social Contract. Photography by Julien Bader.
'A Social Contract' 2014
Carpet, installation, dimensions variable
Sat 2 and Sun 3 May
Dalston Studios
Carpet, installation, dimensions variable
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By the time you have seen the work you are standing on top of it and have, inadvertently, entered into its pseudo legal contract; activating the works performative language. This text work embossed into office grey carpet offers a wry take on the audience-artwork binary as well as social contract theory more generally.

Patrick Goddard (b.1984/UK) is an artist and writer working in East London, completing an MFA at Goldsmiths University in 2011. Recent works have taken the form of videos, books, performances and installation; all with an emphasis on poetry, observational anecdotes or research led articles. Without becoming politically illustrative, many works explore socio-politically loaded issues and although the topics explored can be wide ranging - from conceptions of evil to class politics,sociology to anarchy, the uncanny to the absurd - the works are linked via their tone or approach.Saturated with a sense of pathos, narratives undermine themselves with a self-defeating humor,playfully calling into question the sincerity or authority of the narrator and through this, the artist.

Recent solo shows include 'Revolver II', Matt's Gallery, London, November-December 2014; 'Gone to Croatan', OUTPOST Gallery, Norwich, May 2015. Recent group shows include, 'Fig2 with the White Review', at ICA, London, April 2015; 'Objective Considerations of Contemporary Phenomena', at M.O.T. International Projects, London, December-February 2015; 'IV Moscow International Biennale of Young Art' Moscow Museum of Modern Art, June-August 2014. Recent performances have taken place at Matt's Gallery, June 2014; Wysing Arts Center, June 2014; French Riviera January 2015; Vulpes Vulpes Gallery February 2015; Grand Union March 2015. His debut graphic novel, 'Operation Paperclip', was launched at Matt's Gallery, London, in June 2014.

'A Social Contract'
Work selected by Marie d'Elbee

Work commissioned by Attilia Fattori Franchini