Along The Fence in The Ramp Gallery, October 21–November 8, 2014

Along The Fence is a photographic exhibition by Patrick D. Wilson, who uses architectural forms and photographs as the framework for visually habitable space. His most recent body of work is gathered from ten months he spent photographing construction sites in China. He has tried to recast the construction site as a nomadic human environment and domestic landscape as opposed to an isolated industrial phase in a building’s construction.

Wilson is very interested in our compulsion to create unified understanding when our experience is perceived in a fractured and limited fashion.

“There is a mechanism within our cognizance that necessarily creates continuity, and this mechanism is at work whether we are listening to a news broadcast or considering events that we ourselves have participated in,” says Wilson.

Hear more about this work in the artists’ own words in this audio track:

About Patrick D. Wilson
Patrick D. Wilson was born in Crookston, Minnesota, received a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1997 and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005. He has recently exhibited at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids Michigan, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, The Jones Center for Art in Austin, NASA Ames Research Center, Berkeley Art Center, Stanford Art Gallery and many others. He has installed public commissions at the Mall of America and the University of Minnesota. Though trained in fabrication and foundry, Wilson’s current work explores the integration of photography and digital practices with traditional fabrication and woodworking techniques. Recurrent themes in his work include the construction and fragmentation of vision, and the sculptural surface as narrative landscape. He has been a visiting faculty member at the San Francisco Art Institute and currently holds a position as Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Integrated Media at the Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University. In 2012, Wilson was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research construction sites in China.

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About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space in the SOMArts lobby, accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. To view submission information as well as past exhibitions, please visit The Ramp Gallery page of our website here. To purchase work on display or for more information email You can visit The Ramp Gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Images courtesy of Patrick Wilson