Seb Patane creates pared-down tableaux made up of drawings and adapted found imagery and objects, as well as sound and live performance. Resurrecting material that contains a particular potency for him, Patane is drawn to ideas of tribalism, urban mythology and altered states. His sources have included staged Victorian portrait photographs, 1980s avant-garde German band DAF (Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft) and occultist mountaineer Aleister Crowley.
Through a process of filtering and simple interventions – masking eyes, obliterating faces with an excess of sticky biro ink – Patane bleeds images of specificity leaving a residue of menace. The artist has created a new installation for Art Now.