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Patrick Holbrook lives and works in Chicago. His work investigates the relationship of subjectivity and the structures of ideology and globalism, often by using video socially and performatively, and sometimes using other materials. It asks questions about how we are formed by culture and systems of power, and where it may be possible to resist those formations, by considering how the body and specifics of the individual come in contact with and leave evidence in the physical. His work also takes an interest in the discrepancies of how people and commodities are treated and move around in the world, and attempts to find ways to collapse concepts of territory, as well as documentation, the documented, and the documenter.
It has been shown at spaces such as The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Antena in Chicago, and in solo exhibitions at Eyedrum and the Saltworks Gallery Project Room in Atlanta, A\V Space in Rochester NY, and Washington State University Tri-Cities. He is a part-time instructor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has taught at Columbia College Chicago, was a visiting artist at Rhode Island School of Design, Scripps College, and The University of Memphis, and was an Assistant Professor at the Georgia College & State University Art Department from 2002 to 2007, where he started the digital media area. He also curates exhibitions at Eel Space. He grew up in New Hampshire and received an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, a B.A. from Hampshire College, and plays music with The Wood Knots and Laughing Eye Weeping Eye.