About Patrick M. Lydon

Patrick Lydon in South Korea | Photo by Suhee Kang

Photo by Suhee Kang

My artistic practice works to inspire insightful, empathic relationships between people and the living world around us.

Often melding the disciplines of image-making, installation, and community engagement, each project brings viewers and participants opportunities to permeate the natural world in different, often unexpected ways.

This work is informed by ongoing social and ecological field studies in cultures and spaces around this earth, resulting in projects that involve diverse casts of people, from farmers to urban planners to educators.

In the end, this work is about allowing for opportunity to re-cultivate relationships — both with other humans, and with nature — that enrich our lives, and the lives of other beings in this world we co-inhabit.

Exhibitions and Publications

I have shown work and/or produced collaborative projects in North America, Europe, and Asia, including at: Glasgow Center for Contemporary Art, Pier Arts Centre, Setouchi International Triennale, Kagawa Yamanami Art Festival, David Brower Center, Contemporary Art Space Osaka, BankART 1929N3 Art LabYamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Art, Institute of Liberal Arts at Nagoya University, TENT Gallery, Fettes Gallery, Falkland Centre for Stewardship, MinnaNouen, Seoul Youth Hub, Value Garden, Gigha Gallery, Oni Gallery, Aichi University of Art, SpaceNoahArc Gallery, WORKS GalleryArtObject Gallery, and Koji.

A good bit of my practice involves writing and curating content for a collective of social explorers, writers, and artists, called SocieCity. I serve as the ‘Arts and Events Editor’ for Nature of Cities, and have been a contributing writer for YES! MagazineArts EverywhereResilience, and the San Jose Mercury News among others. To read some of this, you can explore words section of this website.

My partner Suhee Kang and I were approached to publish a book of our images and quotes in Korean. The book 자연농(Final Straw) is now available at bookstores across South Korea.

You can also find reviews, interviews, images, and written work in Huffington Post (Korea), SF Weekly, Shikoku Shinbun, DesignBoom, BranD Magazine, Bar and Dining Magazine, CNN, E-Sharp Journal, ROAD Magazine, ESSEN Magazine, Clean Eating Magazine, OKH TV, Afterimage Journal of Media ArtsNorthernLights, Creative Review UK, JPG Magazine, CordPress (세 개의 선), The Art Chronicle, 10. Magazine, Reed Magazine and Lightleak Photography Journal.

My work is in the permanent collection of the David Brower Center, one of the world’s foremost centers of ecological policy and action, and of Cafe Ism and Cafe Oui in Seoul, South Korea, two of my favorite places to get coffee and cake. Pay them a visit if you’re in town and say hello for me?

Education

I hold an MFA with distinction from the University of Edinburgh’s Art, Space & Nature program (2014), was a visiting student at Aichi University of the Arts in Japan (Summer 2013), and graduated with a BA from San Jose State University (2007), after studying relatively equal amounts of music, photography, and design.

Outside of academia and book learning, my work is greatly influenced by regular work and interaction with natural farmers throughout East Asia, and thousands of hours of meditative practice in Dharma halls, forests, and urban settings alike. Taking the time to learn from the people, places, and nature within our surroundings is one of the most important educations anyone could find. It is also a lifelong, tuition-free education, powered by our own curiosity and dedication.

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  2. Youngwook Cho

    Hello!
    How are you? are you enjoying visiting Jeju island.?
    I am Youngwook who took part in the meditation program, next you in the meditation hall. My name might not be familiar to you.
    Anyway, I visited your homepage and read some articles and writings. I can catch what are you working on and what you’ve done. You did a lot of things~~ That’s amazing~~ people, culture and nature~ I can’t express my thought fully in english but you can get it or not. 🙂
    Thanks for letting me know your homepage~
    All the best wishes!!
    See you~~