Beyond the Streets

Pat Riot


Pat Riot’s bubblegum portraits deploy an everyday urban medium using a pointillist approach. Wads of chewing gum balled under desks, mashed on subway seats, or stuck between the pages of church missals are quiet acts of disobedience; here the artist reassembles them in a form fit for public consumption. Riot’s multimedia oeuvre consists of epoxied puzzles, condom sculptures, collage, Lego installations, paintings, and other mashups of Americana. The self-described “non-media-specific” artist has been showing his work since 1996, with his nom de guerre as a play on the word “patriot.”