Graphite, colored pencil, and oil stick on paper

Coelacanth continues Patrick J. Reed’s project about historical models of human engineering and critical infrastructure. Diverse in form and function, these structures collectively alter the face of the Earth, the behavior of its inhabitants, and the biosphere itself. For better or worse, their existence and influence will endure far longer than the societies that have built them. Coelacanth, which takes the monumental stadium as its subject, is the largest example to date in this series of works-on-paper that speaks to the wonder of progress while at the same time addressing its far-reaching global and ecological impact.

Patrick J. Reed is an artist and writer based in Berlin. His background in photography, printmaking, and book arts forms the basis of his practice, through which he explores the aesthetics of disaster with an emphasis on cultural responses to ecological crises. He has exhibited internationally and is the recipient of several honors, including a Fulbright award and DAAD award—both in support of his research at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society from 2014-2016. He is a guest lecturer for the Node Center for Curatorial Studies and an instructor at the Berlin Drawing Room. His writing has been featured in art agenda, Temporary Art Review Magazine, Serpentine: A Magazine of Critique, and Amodern.

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