BEN PATTERSON Cont'd
Ben Patterson was born in Pittsburgh, PA. and currently is based in Wiesbaden, Germany. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Music degree and briefly performed as a Double-Bass player in symphony orchestras in Canada. In 1960 he moved to Cologne, Germany and became a part of the radical contemporary music scene and began performing internationally. He assisted George Marciunas in organizing the art historically significant 1962 Fluxus Festival event in Wiesbaden, Germany. Patterson participated actively in Fluxus events until the early 1970’s. During the 1970’s Patterson retired from art-making until 1988 when he came out of retirement with his exhibition, Ordinary Life, at Emily Harvey Gallery. Since then, Patterson has actively exhibited internationally and additionally continues to exhibit with Fluxus artists.
Selected Recent Works:
Please view BOLLYWOOD LOVE exhibition and video and stills of Patterson’s Paper Piece performed at JEMA
On June 4th, 2010, Ben Patterson presented his iconic Paper Piece performance at JEMA as part of the larger JEMA exhibition Museum All-Over/Museo Ovunque at the Raccolte Frugone museum in Genoa, Italy. The exhibition was curated by Maria Flora Giubilei (Raccolte Frugone Museum), Caterina Gualco, and Sean Miller with the assistance of Alessandra Gagliano Candela, in organizing student performers (Genoa JEMA Annex) from Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti. On June 9th, Paper Piece was performed a second time at JEMA in Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast Northern Ireland.
PAPER PIECE INSTRUCTIONS BY BEN PATTERSON
By each performer,
5 sheets are performed
3 sheets are performed
3 bags are performed
dynamics are improvised within natural borders of approximate ppp of