Patrick Halm is an experimental filmmaker and artist. His work has been featured in galleries and festivals in London, Berlin, Hamburg, Vancouver, and throughout the U.S. He had his first solo show in 1999 at The Blinding Light Gallery Theater in Vancouver, BC. Canada. Selected 16mm film works are distributed through Canyon Cinema in San Francisco. In 2013 he published a book of selected drawings LINE MYTH ECHO. He has been living and making his work in Los Angeles for 30 years. He received a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School Of Design.
Artists are thinkers. Film for me has always been a gateway to thought, a transport where image and idea can reveal an invisible path concealed within memory, moment, and motion. I attempt to create an experience that points the way through that gateway. Above all, my work is intended to create an object or space that allows the viewer to exercise their individual thought process; to dislodge, unlearn, find freedom and ultimately gain access to the creative self.
Much of my work is built around a fascination with symbols and an interest in observational cinematography. The symbols act, for me, as kernel or omphalos from which the piece can radiate. The life of this center gives way to willful observation and from this point the experience is created from what is innate, what is learned, and what is genuine. Image play, layered with contrast, conflict, and visual slant rhyme casts a genre neutral spell. Order is created from gravity, light and time; while linear structure yields its dialect to poetic caprice and mythic cadence.
Thought is freedom.
Patrick Halm 2019