Patrick Driscoll
Hang on, I’m Spitballing
Art Downtown April 2013


On view April 1st – April 28th, 2013
Reception 4-6pm Sunday, April 21st 

“In any selection of works that I produce, there is a varied and sometimes disparate array styles and conventions of painting. Abstract works; representational works; pictorial works; process works; quick and gestural works; meticulously rendered works. This mixture of conventions is intended to appear inconsistent. It is meant to reveal a fact of life that I find curiously inspirational–that lived experience is often fundamentally incoherent. My experience of life is one of so many incompatible variations. My choices among these variations, no matter how careful, will inevitably lead me to contradiction and inconsistent decision-making.

In a recent job interview, I was asked about my work style. I replied something about being “goal oriented” or “solution oriented” or something. Ridiculous. When hard pressed with a difficult task, I can usually come up with an answer. But that’s not to say it is an answer with any value or holding power. The point is that I don’t value answers very highly. I do value pathways, and I do value investigations, no matter how perplexing they are. I find that I find confusion more meaningful than I do certainty. Despite all this, I can feel still feel the expectation for a solid answer to my work. Hang on, I’m spitballing.”

Patrick Driscoll is a painter living and working in Portland, Oregon. Born in 1984 in Marquette, Michigan, he received his BFA in painting from Indiana University’s Herron School of Art and Design in 2008. In 2012, he received his MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where he was nominated for the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA grant program for painters and sculptors. He has shown throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest, including the recent juried Annual at Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art, and a solo exhibition at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR.

The artist would like to thank artist and friend Jane Schiffhauer for her support in making this work possible.