Patrick McElnea


Patrick McElnea (b. 1981) is based in Los Angeles, California. His work uses pigment, pixilation, and phrasing to visualize imaginations that underpin culture. Recent photographs forage through fantasies of selfhood, inheritance, and flesh. Pictures are made in pairs; the same scene fabricated in different materials, like short stories told in separate languages. McElnea’s video projects similarly explore how images are collaboratively made or misinterpreted under institutional care such as preventative medicine, primary education, and art therapy. He has had solo exhibitions at Ortega y Gasset Projects in New York, and Daniel Weinburg Gallery in Los Angeles. He earned his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University in 2008 and his BFA from The Cooper Union in 2004.

Images left to right:
Alone In the Vault, 13 x 22.5 inches, archival pigment print, 2019
Older Brother, 19 x 26.5 inches, archival pigment print, 2018
His Brother, 25 x 36 inches, archival pigment print, 2018
Translantic, 63 x 95 inches, archival pigment print, 2018
Jan's Shorts, 15 x 21.5 inches, archival pigment print, 2018

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