Patrick McElnea

Explores the collaborative process of projection in printed media, drawing, and video; how pictures of the unidentifiable perceptually mutate into identification by the imaginations they inspire. In recent work he performs this projection in collage, using fragments of popular science photographs from the last half-century that contributed to present notions of our “natural environment.” Combining analogue and digital methods, these theaters of photographic collage picture mounds of sludge in communication, toxins that create life, and covert ecosystems of waste. McElnea earned his MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University in 2008 and her BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2004. He has had solo exhibitions at Ortega y Gasset Projects in New York, and Daniel Weinburg Gallery in Los Angeles. He will be teaching experimental video this spring at the University of San Diego.

2008 MFA, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT
Painting Program
2004 BFA, Cooper Union, New York, NY
School of Art

Solo Exhibitions
2015 Dr. Super Igor, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY
2010 My Name Isn’t My Strong Suit, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions & Screenings
2019 Out Looking Inwards, LMN, Oslo, Norway
2017 Not Quite Under_Ground (collaboration with Mike Smith), Skulptur Projekte, Münster, Germany
2016 Body / Double, Nopop Gallery, New Haven, CT
Human Condition, Metropolitan Medical Center Los Angeles, CA
2015 Sing’s Millennium Mart (performance), Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, NY
2014 The Trouble Between Us, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
Play / Leiker, Soloway, Brooklyn, NY
2013 The Sacred & Profane Love Machine, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Oblique Strategies, Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace University, New York, NY
Bent In: The Queer Figure/Ground, Primetime, Brooklyn, NY
Digital Die Hard, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Artgrease, Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, NY
(((O))), Clonlea Studios, Dublin, Ireland
2012 VIP, James Fuentes Gallery, New York, NY
I Know This But You Feel Different, Marc Jancou Gallery, New York, NY
Basado en una Historia, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile
2011 Fullscreen, Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK
Flowers & Follies, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY
Peepshow, Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, NY
2010 Recent Film & Video, The Filmmakers’ Cooperative, New York, NY
Demolition Milk II, Kunst im Tunnel, Duesseldorf, Germany
2009 F(r)acture: Divisions in Painting, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL
The Perfect Human, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL
Butter High, Schalter Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Pulp and Dagger, Everard Findlay, Brooklyn
Slough, David Nolan Gallery, New York, NY
Untitled, Cave, Detroit, MI

Grants and Residencies
2019 Praksis: Out Looking Inwards (residency), Oslo, Norway
2016 Frances D. Fergusson Technology Exploration Grant
2015 Vassar College Conversation Grant (with Shane O. Slattery-Quintanilla)
2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant
2008 Teaching Fellowship, Yale School of Art
2007 Schoelkopf Travel Grant to Dubai, UAE
2003 Menschel Travel Grant to Andalusia, Spain

Exhibitions Curated
2013 Bent In: The Queer Figure/Ground, Primetime, Brooklyn, NY
Fake Cities In Real Pedagogy: Cooper Union, New York, NY
2012 The Gentlemen’s Clubs of McKim, Mead, & White, Cooper Union, New York, NY

2015 The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor, OR Books, New York, NY
2013 Basado en una Historia, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende Arte
Contemporaneo, Santiago, Chile
2010 Demolition Milk II, Kunst im Tunnel, Duesseldorf, Germany

Guest Visits / Invited Talks
2019 School of Art, Otis College of Art
2015 Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
2014 School of Art, Yale University
2011 Art Department, Vassar College
2010 Fine Arts Department, Buffalo State College

Professional Appointments
2012-17 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Vassar College
2014 Visiting Professor, The Cooper Union
2010-11 Adjunct Professor, Buffalo State College
2010-11 Visiting Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo
2008 Teaching Assistant for Sarah Oppenheimer, Yale University School of Art