Patrick Bresnan is a self-taught photographer, video artist, affordable housing activist and builder. From 2003-2007, Ike worked as an installer for notable Mission School artists Clare Rojas and Barry McGee (a.k.a. Twist), aiding in the creation of new work for exhibitions in the United States and abroad. His architectural work includes disaster relief housing on the Gulf Coast, cottages for the homeless in Austin, TX and structures for his photo and video installations. In 2010, Patrick was awarded the top grant from the 2010 Texas Filmmakers Production Fund to finalize post-production of a feature length documentary about Vietnam War re-enactors, Vietnam Appreciation Day slated for completion in 2013.
The majority of his photographic work is performed as a volunteer for non-profits and NGOs that work in the fields of sustainable homebuilding, disaster relief, homeless advocacy, clean water solutions and sanitation. He has also exhibited in galleries and institutions. Libres Y Lokas, a collaboration with his wife, filmmaker Ivete Lucas, debuted at DOMY Book in Austin (2009) and traveled to Flight Gallery in San Antonio (see "How To Be Singular Plural," Art Lies No. 63). In 2011, Patrick and Ivete were selected for Fotofest's Nowhere Near Here: New Photographic Work by Texas Artists at the Houston Center for Photography, part of TALENT IN TEXAS, a series of exhibitions curated by Toby Kamps and Michelle White of the Menil Collection. Most recently, his work appeared in Queer States, a group exhibition curated by Noah Simblist and David Willburn for the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2012 Patrick completed the Graduate Architecture School program in Sustainable Design at the University of Texas at Austin.