A feedback system is a space-time simulator, a dynamic, time-dependent behavior described in a state space. A configuration, or state, of a system is a point in this space and its temporal evolution is the motion of an orbit or trajectory through a sequence of points. The dynamic is the collection of rules that specify the evolution from each point to the next, transformations of the state space itself by iterated mappings. Feedback recycles and amplifies input, strengthening the outgoing signal. It is a memory consciousness phenomenon.
Patton’s patterned canvases emerge through a system of camera-based feedback created by pointing an analogue video camera at the monitor receiving its signal. Patton takes this signal and converts it to a digital file, which is then further manipulated before being output for the screen-printing process. Evoking the cracked-static distortion of disintegrating cable TV signals, or the haze of insufficient reception, the black ink printed canvases are sprayed with fluid acrylic pigment adding a color to the distortion. Derived from one frame captured within a feedback cycle, the body of work represents a series of transformations within a single point in state space.
Kamau Amu Patton, an artist based in New York, received an MFA from Stanford University in 2007 and has had solo exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Queens Nails Annex in San Francisco. He has worked collaboratively on artists’ projects at MoMA and at LACMA. Patton was a 2010-2011 artist-in-residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem. His work was shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2011 as part of the SECA Art Award exhibition. In 2012 he participated in Pacific Standard Time and in 2013 in the Machine Project Field guide to L.A. Architecture. Patton has recently completed projects and exhibitions through grant support provided by the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative at Pomona College and the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore college.