Boxer Rebellion is a selection of photographic and moving image works from artist PJ Paterson. The works come together to portray a post apocalyptic reality.
In his latest series of portraits, PJ Paterson casts celebrities under the gritty realism of the police mugshot, using found internet images as source imagery. Unlike most widely-distributed images of the famous, mugshots exist within the public domain – allowing Paterson to sample the images freely. Paterson’s mode of sampling sees him painstakingly reconstruct photographs using a pointillist painting technique, applying overlaid dots and squares to the reverse side of Perspex sheets.
"Paterson’s immersive photography and moving image works depict urban wastelands; cars sprawled under an overcast sky, multitudes of bicycles, rundown automobiles, a disturbing horizon of uniform houses and perfectly groomed lawns that mirror some kind of Stepfordian dream."
"He is an undoubted visionary, and carries us breathless and amazed into his created worlds. Because they are composed of bits of reality, the sense of strangeness and wonder is much greater than, say, what one feels when viewing a Dali painting. We know Dali made it all up out of his head; with Paterson we know that he didn’t. Those acres of junked cars, those endless ranks of bicycles, those intimate close-up heads – they are real, the detail is so mesmerising."