The High Performance Rodeo and TrépanierBaer Gallery

The Puppet Collective II: Class of 2009

Graeme Patterson

On a recent cross-Canada tour, Graeme Patterson honed his penchant for people-watching into an art form. Observing people in galleries, airports, restaurants and hotel lobbies, he created fifty-two puppets of the characters that stuck in his head.

Last January, these three-dimensional portraits (pictured above) were sold at the TrépanierBaer Gallery, but with a catch: the collectors had to agree to let Patterson take their photo and make puppets of them. A year later, those collectors face the choice of buying their own puppet or, by allowing someone else to buy it, starting the cycle of interactive puppetry anew.

What they're saying:

"The colourful cast of characters is a clever project in which art meets sociology."
- Nancy Tousley, The Calgary Herald

"The puppets contain a sense of reverence for the people they recreate … it is easy to imagine which puppet would drag its feet and which would dance the most wildly."
- Jasia Stuart, Shotgun Review