The Patron Project
The Patron Project by artist Frank Corry evolved from a series of works which use fragments of wrecked cars. The pieces (85 x 54mm) are processed and worked into individual abstracts fixed with neodymium magnets, finished, signed and dated by the artist. The project, which explores the inherent links between art, product, the public, connectivity and patronage, will extend to social media circles where patrons will be tagged to their works.
The ID card-size sections of metal are worked on an anvil with various implements in a process of automatic drawing. Diminishing grades of abrasive paper are employed to wet sand and pare back sections through layers of lacquer, pigments, finishes, primers, galvanisations, raw steel and alloys to reveal hidden accidental abstracts. The finished pieces are spray coated in a clear acrylic glass lacquer, baked for 36 hours, dated, numbered, signed and catalogued.
Four neodymium magnets are fixed to each piece, transforming an individual abstract artwork into the gift shop-like fridge magnet.
“The Patron Project is made up of a thousand sections of such vehicles, each saturated in narratives about and around sourced resources, prototype design, production-line fabrication, ‘useful life’, demise and rebirth”, says Corry. “The geology which dictated where a specific mineral may be sourced, smelting, milling, forming, welding, weaving, wiring, partner components”.
Corry’s evocative choice of words eloquently describe the origins, life cycle, coda and subsequent renaissance of each individual piece: “It’s ‘showroom Swiss Tony’, hamburger, Danish, Americano, evidential marks of fabrication, first, second, third-hand, errant trolley, snatching gust, black ice, spousal spat, vomiting infant, rear-ender, ethanol-assisted meetings with remarkable trees, reluctant overtime, deprived sleep, fumbled phone, fumbled fuck, head-on, T-bone, claptrap commutes, holidays, dogging, secrets, furtive rhinotillexomania, balled socks, balled snots, spilt seed, Sat-Nav sucker”.
A thousand individual apophenic works are offered for sale at €10/£7 each with the intent of facilitating multiple patronage of the artwork from established and new collectors. In exploring how to engage with a diverse range of perspective patrons the work will be offered for sale from a variety markets, venues and location sites.
On the Patron Project facebook page, patrons can tag themselves to their collected works and add related content illustrating where they have chosen to place the work, their thoughts on individual pieces & the project as a whole.
Each ‘patron’ is invited to release their piece on loan for future exhibitions where as many as possible of the thousand will be brought together and exhibited as a single artwork.