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The recent paintings in miraculous network are a continuation of Howlett’s interest in humoural theory; ideas rooted in ancient medical philosophy that continued to influence western thinking well into the 20th century. Based on four basic humours - fluids in the body that had intrinsic qualities manifesting in the character and health of individuals - placed the microcosm of the body into the macrocosm of the natural world. Body and mind are intertwined and body is subject to the humoural qualities both vegetal and animal, the weather, the seasons, etc.
Using some of these ideas as structural metaphors for the painting as a kind of body, made up of fluids and subject to the juxtapositions and characters of a variety of forms, these new paintings are not singularly formal or symbolic, figurative or expressive, but move between macro and micro imagery, interior and exterior spaces. A body-mind reflecting on itself as a kind of still life, where the goal might be equilibrium of forces, but the results often have a complexity that is difficult to diagnose.
Patrick Howlett was born in Toronto in 1971. He earned his BFA from Concordia University in 1997 and his MFA from the University of Victoria in 2006. Recent exhibitions include Improving Your Squash, G Gallery, Toronto; Patrick Howlett: Part-Time Offerings, Museum London, London; review, Khyber Institute for Contemporary Art, Halifax; Facts about Digestion, Yellow Box Gallery, St. Thomas University, Fredericton; Doubled Confluence, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin; and, but, however, Struts Gallery, Sackville; So, You Want To Think Freely!, Production Studio, Vancouver and Heads, McIntosh Gallery, Western University, London. milieu intérieur opens at Joe Project in Montréal mid-September.
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