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John Patrick McKenzie

John Patrick McKenzie (b. 1992, Philippines) McKenzie moved to the United States with his family in 1964. McKenzie joined the Creativity Explored studio in 1989. Text functions as the basis of McKenzie’s practice, and is used for both its visual and scriptural qualities in order to create work that simultaneously serves as visual image and as poetry.

 McKenzie’s process is based on a complex and mysterious repetitive sequencing of calligraphy that methodically adds layers of nuance to his chosen subjects, which are most often people and objects from pop culture, current events, and his immediate surroundings. Swirling, multi­angled, and disorienting, the placement of his language comments on the contradictory, sometimes overwhelming, nature of media attention and celebrity.  McKenzie’s original script and arrangement of text are tactile examples of his interpretation of the world, and can be both hilarious and poignant. 

McKenzie’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. His artwork was featured in several prominent exhibitions including, Create, a traveling exhibition curated by Lawrence Rinder that originated at University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in 2011, Collected Fragments, at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland, England, in 2009, Whipper Snapper Nerd, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, in 1997, FAX, at the San Francisco Arts Commission Main Gallery, San Francisco, CA, in 2012, After Shelley Duvall '72 (Frogs on the High Line), Maccarone, New York, NY, John Patrick McKenzie Is Culture Humbug Sexy, at the Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand, 4 Real 4 Faux Animating the Vernacular, at Truman State University Art Gallery, Kirksville, MO, in 2011, John Patrick Mckenzie's Famous Artworks, at the Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand, in 2009. 

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Selected Exhibitions

2014
They are full of holy..., Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
New Zealand Outsider Art Fair, The Nathan Club, Britomart , Auckland, New Zealand
Way Out West, Mission District, San Francisco, CA
INK, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2013
Outsider Artists, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA
San Francisco's Calacas: Day of the Dead, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Outside In: The Art of Inclusion, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
artMRKT, Fort Mason Center - Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, CA

2012
Out of Order, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
ArtPadSF, Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco, CA
FAX, SF Arts Commission Main Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Parallel Visions, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2011
After Shelley Duvall '72 (Frogs on the High Line), Maccarone, New York, NY
John Patrick Mckenzie Is Culture Humbug Sexy, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
Create, University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
They Are Full of Holy Nonsense, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
4 Real 4 Faux Animating the Vernacular, Truman State University Art Gallery, Kirksville, MO
Black and White and Read All Over, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2010
Where Are We?, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Paper!Awesome!, Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA

2009
Words, Verses and Garabatos, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Collected Fragments, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland, England
Repetition, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
TV and Me, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
John Patrick Mckenzie's Famous Artworks, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand

2008
Art Repurposed, Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco, CA
Most Culture Humbug Sexy People Like John Patrick, Monster Children Gallery, Surry Hill, Australia
Tasty, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Finders Keepers, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2007
Shadowshine, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Seeing Memory, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Naked, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2006
Vessels, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2005
Wear to Go, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Aliens: the Green Ones, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
The Pink Show, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2004
Spirits and Saints, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Radiant Spaces: Private Domain, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
You Are Here, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Functionable, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Critters, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Contextual, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2003
Japanese Rock n' California Roll, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Lit, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2001
New Works on Wood, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2000
Created in California, Berenberg Gallery, Boston, MA

1998
Whipper Snapper Nerd - Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery , New York, NY
Whipper Snapper Nerd - Mark Moore Gallery, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997
Whipper Snapper Nerd - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts , Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

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