Patrick Harkin is a Richmond-based visual artist making photographs, videos, sculptures, and mixed media installations. He is currently an educator at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Photography and Film and Art Foundations Program. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA from the University of Florida. Exhibitions of his work have taken place at Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington D.C.; Pulse Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL; Virginia’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA; CICADA Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT; VALET Gallery, Richmond, VA; Florida's Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL; and Gallery Protocol Gainesville, FL. He was awarded a 2017-2019 Hamiltonian Fellowship and a 2019-2020 Professional Artist Fellowship at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. His work has been discussed in The Washington Post, Phroom Magazine, HEADS Magazine, The Rib, The Heavy Collective, Unseen Platform, Cybernetics Library and many more.
Patrick Harkin utilizes installation, video, sound, and photography in his artistic practice. His theatrically staged work investigates themes of commodity criticism and concepts of ideology under contemporary image mediated culture. Cycles of building, destruction, and rebuilding related to the natural elements, especially water and wind, are spotlighted in his work, which stems from his upbringing within coastal flood zones and a close relationship to rising sea levels. His work operates within the human phenomenon of system making and repair, creating a sense of both futility and careful optimism. It lies somewhere in-between utopia and dystopia, the alluring fantastical twins.