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John Patrick McKenzie

John McKenzie was born in 1962 in the Philippines. McKenzie moved to the United States with his family in 1964. He currently lives in San Francisco’s Mission District and has been working at Creativity Explored since 1989.

Text functions as the basis of McKenzie’s practice, and is used for both its visual and scriptural qualities. The crowding and shape of the closed and filled intricacies of his calligraphy add depth and material to the work, and allow it to serve simultaneously as a visual image and as poetry. 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 process is based on a complex and mysterious repetitive sequencing 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, multi-angled, and disorienting, the placement of his language comments on the contradictory, sometimes overwhelming, nature of media attention and celebrity.

He is tirelessly engaged with sorting through the cyclical likes and dislikes of Hollywood, fashion, marketing, and the geo-political. And, like his artwork, the true nature of our information saturated world can be difficult to decode; but, ultimately, what McKenzie’s work reveals is that we are all people, we are all aging, we all like some things and dislike others, we all need to communicate, and isn’t that funny.

McKenzie's work was featured in Create, a traveling exhibition that first opened at University Of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in 2011.

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Selected Exhibitions

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

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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