Patrick Lundberg, No title (detail), 2019, mixed media, 45 1⁄4 × 3⁄8".

Patrick Lundberg, No title (detail), 2019, mixed media, 45 1⁄4 × 3⁄8".

Patrick Lundberg

Ivan Anthony

In a catalogue text for Patrick Lundberg’s 2015 exhibition “Draft Copy,” fellow New Zealand artist Roman Mitch quotes Peter Sloterdijk’s 2006 book, Rage and Time: A Psychopolitical Investigation. “Vengeful acts of expression mean nothing more than a narcissistic expenditure of energy,” the philosopher says. “The professional revolutionary, who is working as an employee of a bank of rage, does not express individual tensions; he follows a plan.” Given the distinct lack of obvious rage in Lundberg’s quiet, provisional painting practice, Mitch’s surprisingly apt quotation points to what makes it so easy to misunderstand Lundberg’s work or even miss it altogether. The supports of Lundberg’s paintings are often as small as the head of a ball pin, or, as in the case of his recent exhibition, “In the Vastness of Sorrowful Thoughts,” they are fabric strips a centimeter wide and just over a yard

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