Pat Place. Street Markings 2011-2016

27 Oct 2016 – 11 Dec 2016

33 Orchard

New York
New York, United States


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In 2011 Pat Place started photographing markings for drilling sites on the streets and sidewalks of New York and Los Angeles with her iPhone camera.


Often marked in florescent pinks, greens, and yellows, some as geometric forms, the images inspired Place as a connection to painting. Place continues to shoot the streets, capturing paint marks, leaves, nails embedded in cement, gum, dirt and trash. The result is an astonishing collection of photographs, printed without digital enhancing technology.

Place’s artistic process remains simple as part of her strategy to make her work relevant to popular culture. She uses whatever camera is available (usually her phone), and creates pairings and groupings of 4 x 6 inch prints. The placement of photos together is like her paintbrush to the canvas. Scouring through her archive of thousands of photos, she realized the tonalities of color and texture that emerged are surprisingly similar to formal references to the history of Abstract painting from the 40’s to today. The markings also contain the element of time as they document new construction and changes happening to New York.

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