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Press Release

PATRICK LAKEY

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JULY 16 – AUGUST 3, 2012

RECEPTION THURSDAY JULY 19, 6 - 9pm

Fitzroy Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new film and photography by Los Angeles-based artist Patrick Lakey. This is the artist’s first exhibition at Fitzroy Gallery. The exhibition will be on view from July 16 – August 3, with a reception on the evening of Thursday, July 19.

"HWY" is Jim Morrison's unknown art house-influenced film, a surreal study of a lone anti-hero, via the iconic American backdrop and theme of the road. Morrison's vision, subtitled "An American Pastoral", intersects as well a long standing assessment of our cultural imagination.

Patrick Lakey’s "HWY" is a retelling, an homage, a critique, and a lark. Taking Morrison at his word, that the work is fueled by an interest in "an American pastoral" and its relation to the road and the anti-hero, Lakey has ditched the car, cast a woman in the central role, and distilled the action into three movements--NATURE, CULTURE, and the road between. Three single takes produce a pared down poetry of motion, set in the desert, the landscape of American myth.

Patrick Lakey was born in 1970 in Washington, D.C., and lives and works in Los Angeles. An internationally exhibiting artist, he received a B.F.A. in Photography from the University of Texas at Austin, and a M.F.A. in Visual Arts from University of California, San Diego.

Fitzroy Gallery will be open to the public in July from Tuesday through Friday, 11 am - 6 pm and by appointment. For further inquiries, please contact the gallery at 212.343.8670, info@fitzroygallery.com or visit www.fitzroygallery.com.