Pat Flynn / Cold Children


Friday 7th September, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition Continues

8th September - 12th October

Exhibition Opening Times

Wednesday - Friday, 12pm - 5pm (other times by appointment)

We are pleased to announce that the next exhibition at The International 3 will be a solo show by gallery artist Pat Flynn

  • Cold children (2)

    2012, Lambda print behind glass, 54 x 47cm copy

  • cold children (10)

    2012, Lambda print behind glass, 24 x 24cm

  • cold children (17)

    2012, Lambda print behind glass, 60 x 60cm

  • Cold Children Installation image 2

    Photo: Pat Flynn

  • Cold Children installation image

    Photo: Pat Flynn


Chosen by the artist, the title,Cold Children, makes reference to conditioned behaviour in response to the expanded and pervasive influence of television.

Built around a new body of work seen here for the first time, Cold Children is a photographic installation that uses the repeated motif of an empty photo-frame as its subject. Constructed using computer generated imagery (CGI); these recurrent yet in each case remodelled versions of the object provide, on the surface, an elegant and poignant vehicle for the content under consideration; whilst closer inspection of the image reveals an on-going formal interest for the artist. At first glance with its white walls and overhead lights, the mirror-like surface of the work appears to be replicating and feeding back to the viewer an echo of the gallery space in which they are located; yet this is a fictitious space; a constructed reflection fabricated to form part of the composition of the image as a whole.

In his predominantly digitally produced work that covers photography, film and installation, Flynn examines the language of the mass produced. Drawing on ideologies, processes, themes and sentiments found in Hollywood films, computer games, consumer goods and advertising, he presents fictionalised worlds full of cliché and pathos.

Pat Flynn (born 1972) lives and works in Manchester. His recent exhibitions include, AIRSPACE at Waterfront Art Gallery (Suffolk), Beaten Black Blue Red Green and Gold at 84 Clifton Street (Cardiff), In Wonder at VOX at Vermilion (Manchester) and Once Upon a Time There Was a Story That Began Once Upon a Time There Was a Story at Marion Scharmann (Cologne). His upcoming exhibitions include: Digital Aesthetic 3 at Harris Museum and Art Gallery from October 2012. Pat Flynn is represented by The International 3 (Manchester), Mermaid & Monster (Cardiff) and Marion Scharmann (Cologne).