Clayton Patterson Outside In Exhibition at Howl!
Clay Patterson is an East Village cultural icon – photographer, documentarian, artist and gallery owner, editor and publisher, organizer, promoter, provocateur and now Lower East Side historian. Since his move from Canada in 1979 Patterson began to photograph and document the Lower East Side in photographs, video and audiotape, and collected ephemera (zines, pamphlets, postcards, posters etc). “I was capturing the last of the wild, free, outlaw, utopian, visionary spirit of the Lower East Side.” Patterson stated to the New York Times in 2009, some thirty years later after he moved to the LES from Canada. “He did more than record … He has participated in and affected Lower East Side culture … Any one piece of that is best understood in the context of all the others” (Howl! Arts). Patterson’s Outside In exhibition, surveys of his work, focusing on the art, life, and times of the Lower East Side run through August 14, 2015 at Howl!.