Monday, November 17, 2014

Flowers of War

Here are Three works of art I am putting up for Rescue or Destroy. I have had a hard time getting good photos of my new work so I made a video for you.You need these great works of art in your home come Rescue them.

Army vs Navy

Rescue or Destroy Returns to Fulton Market Kitchen

Army vs Air Force

Patrick Putze vs Brock Hardnett

Who will be Rescued who will be Destroyed

Representing Army - Brock Hardnett -

Artist statement

My work investigates perception, specifically snap judgements, and how this 'psychological editing' impacts our daily lives.

Representing Air Force - Patrick Gale Putze

Artist Statement
Serving in the military for any length of time makes one hyper-aware of their environs. As an artist, I am constantly utilizing this honed sensitivity. I produce experimental films and photographs that capture both aspects of my place in spaces — things others seem to seldom observe and respond to — and also intricate ironies inherent in common everyday materials like magazine, newspapers or digital media. Twenty-One years on active duty in the Air Force also afforded me the opportunity to travel to many national and global destinations I might otherwise not have experienced. Melding these elements into tools for crafting my own personal narratives of the people and places I’ve witnessed always felt so natural with a camera in hand that it has now become second nature. Surveying the landscape, taking stock of what is there visually and anthropologically, I endeavor to produce art that speaks of a specific time in place, through mostly overlooked urban or rural landscapes. Recently, I’ve been harvesting contemporary media — printed or digital — to generate new/false narratives though simply photographic technique. This has developed into a platform for critical thought and commentary on what we Americans consume through our preferences of mass communication materials. It has become a mission to craft imagery enabling viewers to become more perceptive of their surroundings and thus have a greater appreciation for the overlooked magnificence in their surroundings and situations.

Patrick Gale Putze once spent some twenty-plus years geographically separated from his hometown of Chicago while serving his country in the U.S. Air Force. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Photography from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Arts in New Arts Journalism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Patrick immerses himself in the art world through multiple avenues. He works as the Web Developer and Multimedia Coordinator at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago; writes criticism for the EXPO CHGO online blog The Scene (; produces his own experimental films; and has manifold storehouses of creative ideas, whether actually written down or locked away in the cerebral hemispheres of his cranium. Patrick lives in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago with his wife Lauren and their K-9 companion, Petey the Wonder Dog.

Rescue or Destroy is an art tournament featuring 16 Chicago-based artists. Each artist brings a piece to the competition and the audience decides which will be rescued and which will be destroyed. The “rescued” work goes forward in the tournament and the piece slated for destruction could face the chopping block. However, anything could happen and always does.

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