Patrick Cull,   Untitled,   2015, sumi ink woodcuts, oil and acrylic on canvas, 30” x 40”

Patrick Cull, Untitled, 2015, sumi ink woodcuts, oil and acrylic on canvas, 30” x 40”

Patrick Cull
Negative Rake

Exhibition Dates: April 30 - June 4, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday April 30th, 7-10pm

Patrick Cull continues his exploration of geometric abstraction with a new series of printmaking/painting hybrids. His earlier work relied on the mechanized technique of CNC routing, and commercial materials like PVC and vinyl. Negative Rake showcases works that sidestep industrial production and underline the handmade. Each piece starts with an underlying matrix of woodblock prints on raw canvas. Layers of acrylic and oil paint are then applied, obscuring sections of this printed grid to create a field of angular shapes. This slow meandering system of filling in, covering up, and redacting, resembles various environmental and social processes. Similar to the stages of forest succession, or the transformation of a rural town into a city, these paintings evolve through a dynamic relationship between sedimentation and excavation.

The show’s title, Negative Rake, a technical term borrowed from woodworking and machining, foregrounds the cutting processes used to create this work. The woodcuts are engraved with chisels, and in turn the application of paint cuts out and delineates shapes. A rake, among other things, refers to a cutting tool’s angle of approach to the surface of the work. A negative rake has a scraping action, whereas a positive rake gouges. These motions relate to processes of extraction and discovery, as well as destruction and erasure. 

Patrick Cull is a Kitchener-based artist with an MFA from York University. Recent solo exhibitions include Gravity Paintings held at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery, and Disposable Geometry at Cambridge Galleries. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Windsor, Art Mûr (Montreal), SappyFest (Sackville), and Harbourfront Centre (Toronto). Upcoming shows include a group exhibition at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (June 2016) and a solo at Open Sesame, Kitchener (Winter 2016). His work is in several private collections and he is the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Sarick Purchase Award.

The artist would like to acknowledge the Ontario Arts Council for assistance in funding this exhibition.