Taken in Memphis, Tennessee, Patterson’s photographs present a city where romanticism and a rich musical past bump up against the banality of ordinary American life.
Sound Affects is comprised of still lifes, interior and exterior views that reveal an influence of earlier American color photographers Stephen Shore and William Eggleston. Many of Patterson’s images take light as their subject, ranging from the rainbow-colored illumination of a fluorescent tube to strings of softly glowing Christmas lights to a naked white light bulb in a Pepto-Bismol pink bathroom or the hypnotic blue flames of a gas range.
Patterson is currently working on Out There, a photographic project about Charles Starkweather and his fourteen-year old girlfriend, the 1950s Nebraska serial killers whose story of random violence inspired the movie Badlands. A self- taught photographer, Patterson was featured in the Photo District News 2004 feature “30 under 30” and on the cover of the 2005 Res New Talent issue.
The gallery presents vintage prints of New York and Philadelphia taken in the early 1960s by Don Donaghy in the project room.