Neurology and the love of the cookie tin

Volta is pleased to announce a showing of collage works by John Patterson. John's work is the first organized exhibition of local artwork to grace the walls of the shop (not counting the "Volta permanent collection" of a flock of birds by Katie Levy over on the chocolate wall).

John's work involves the meticulous cutting of advertising tins to create the material for large-scale collages. We'll be posting an extensive essay by another of our customers to provide some historical context for appreciating John's work. In his own words, here's how John explains his approach:

This body of work is the result of my layman study of neurology and my love of the cookie tin. In the last 20 years or so the field of neurology has exploded with fresh insight and spectacular advances, unraveling the mysterious underpinnings of our own cognitive life. Along with all of this has come a great many books that ride a line between the purely academic and what the rest of us can grasp. Add in a crafty ghost writer and you might be surprised how entertaining the brain can be.
The pieces on display are not meant to be an abstract representation of a brain; rather, they are a thought. They represent a sampling of the myriad associations our subconscious mind uses to tell our consciousness what is going on.

A key factor I wanted to get across was the nonlinear aspect of the organization, that connections can sprout in any direction. I chose cookie tins to work with because of their durability, because the art would not need to be put behind glass. The process was also so labor intensive and somewhat dangerous (paper cuts are nothing!) that I will not have to worry about competition...


by the way, John brought two new collages in to hang along with the other works. These new works are variations in which he incorporates smashed bits of rusting metal along with the fragments of cookie tin to create semi-representational work. We're very glad he brought the new pieces in to hang-- they are fantastic.

The squid in the corner was another find from the 2nd Street Bakery art festival last summer. The artist is James Parker.

I am liking the new cookie tin art, but what I really want to know is, who made the squid art in the back?