Patte Loper Sculptural and Installation Work Samples

Patte Loper .. Scavenged wood, cardboard, duct tape, glue gun, latex paint, graphite on Dura-lar, oil on canvas, foam core, animated video, video player.
Installation View, Seeking Higher Ground, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA
2016
Scavenged wood, cardboard, duct tape, glue gun, latex paint, graphite on Dura-lar, oil on canvas, foam core, animated video, video player.
25’ x 19’ x 25’

Description: Installation view of large site-responsive installation at Suyama Space in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle, WA. This work was designed to respond to the palette and spacial qualities of the gallery. I spent several days examining how light moved through the space before deciding where and how build. The work is a fictional, abstracted landscape.

Patte Loper .. Scavenged wood, cardboard, duct tape, glue gun, latex paint, graphite on Dura-lar, oil on canvas, foam core, animated video, video player.
Installation View, Seeking Higher Ground, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA
2016
Scavenged wood, cardboard, duct tape, glue gun, latex paint, graphite on Dura-lar, oil on canvas, foam core, animated video, video player.
25’ x 19’ x 25’

Description: Partial installation view, (North wall). The forms are loosely based on Seattle’s landscape and merge urban planning, activism, and midcentury aesthetics into an installation critiquing both past and recent development projects that have endangered Seattle's coastline and greatly added to the city's environmental vulnerability.

Patte Loper .. Scavenged wood, cardboard, duct tape, glue gun, latex paint, graphite on Dura-lar, oil on canvas, foam core, animated video, video player.
Installation View, Seeking Higher Ground, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA
2016
Scavenged wood, cardboard, duct tape, glue gun, latex paint, graphite on Dura-lar, oil on canvas, foam core, animated video, video player.
25’ x 19’ x 25’

The goal was to create a complex visual environment that considers historical land regrade techniques, theories of aesthetic formalism, historic disenfranchisement of minority groups and women, and the relationship of these three areas of study to environmental degradation. This drives the complex physicality of the installation.

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Installation View, Seeking Higher Ground, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA

Description: The work responded to the dimensions of the space, including the high ceiling. I built a series of chutes that reached to the upper beams. The chutes referenced regrade methods used in the historic Denny Hill Regrade, in which a large downtown hill was dismantled and the resulting mud, dirt, and rocks were sent into neighboring Elliot Bay.

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Installation View, Seeking Higher Ground, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA

Description: Paint was directed down the chutes onto platforms and the floor, loosely representing the movement of soil from the hill to the bay.

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Sparkly Darkly, Installation View, Black and White Gallery
2017

This ehibition combines painting, video, and sculpture to create a multi-layered environment. Built from recycled material as well as from repurposed sculptural objects from previous exhibitions, this work results from a cycle of use, destruction, and reconstruction. Containing imagery pulled from many tropes – landscape, figuration, and 20thcentury abstraction – the forms are conceptually rooted in still life and are informed by the history of painting from observation. In my previous work, models originated as subjects for painting, and have morphed over time into autonomous sculptures. I consider the sculptural forms paintings in space, and the paintings, which often still depict remnants of the objects that surround them, frequently serve as sculptural elements within the larger installation.

The imagery pulls from early surrealism and cubism’s tendency to dismantle and reformulate the figure, often blurring the line between body and object. I see this as a reflection of our current moment of social and cultural disruption. Further influences include contemporary and historic protest culture, the architecture and writing of Lebbeus Woods, and the work at its heart considers ethics and the disenfranchisement of minorities, women, and the working class in relationship to environmental justice issues.

Good News from Outer Space
2016-2017
Stop motion animated video
1 min 15 sec

The concept for the animation is based on research undertaken at the Rubenstein Rare Manuscript Library at Duke University. This project investigates the aesthetic self-contextualization of historic LGBTQ+, anti-racist, and feminist groups and has resulted in an archive of illustrations, photographs, logos, and protest art culled from periodicals documenting visual fortifications against oppression. A question my work often seeks to answer has to do with the connections that can be made between ethical reasoning and visual imagination. I pull together forms and ideas that aren’t usually seen together in an attempt to re-contextualize and see anew visual genres that may otherwise be taken for granted.

Drawing on science fiction’s filmic trope of space aliens coming to Earth’s rescue, Good News from Outer Space loosely depicts a ‘spaceship’ landing and transmitting urgent messages (in the form of images recreated from the archive) from an ‘advanced society’.

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Sparkly Darkly, Installation view
2017

Patte Loper ..
Sparkly Darkly, Installation view
2017

Patte Loper ..
Sparkly Darkly, Installation view
2017

Patte Loper .. Oil on canvas, cardboard, paper mache’, wood, scavenged material, glue gun, insulating tape, DVD player, digital projector
Sparkly Darkly, installation in progress, studio view
2016
Oil on canvas, cardboard, paper mache’, wood, scavenged material, glue gun, insulating tape, DVD player, digital projector
Dimensions Variable

Description: Installation in progress for forthcoming exhibition. Along with paintings, projected and imbedded videos are an important component of the work. For a viewing of video work, see https://vimeo.com/user5842511

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Visit to a Small Planet, Installation View, Juliette Art Museum, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences
2017

This installation uses formal art techniques combined with a sense of hand-made science fiction. The aesthetic histories of Cubism, Theater Artaud, theoretical architectural design, protest art, and 1950’s science fiction b-movies were used as inspiration to build the work.

The large central structure is designed to represent an other-planetary world in which the residents of a beautiful landscape, not unlike West Virginia’s, are spiritually connected to the land and water and use renewable energy technology. The paintings, videos and smaller sculptures represent other aspects of this imaginary world.

The installation is built primarily with recycled material, and everything here will ultimately be recycled or reused in some form.

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Visit to a Small Planet, Installation View, Juliette Art Museum, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences
2017

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Visit to a Small Planet, Installation View, Juliette Art Museum, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences
2017

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Visit to a Small Planet, Installation View, Juliette Art Museum, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences
2017

Patte Loper .. Salvaged material, duct tape, insulating foam, metal tape, latex paint, laptop computer, digital projector, animated video shown as a loop
Power Exchange Unit
2015
Salvaged material, duct tape, insulating foam, metal tape, latex paint, laptop computer, digital projector, animated video shown as a loop
70" x 42" x 47"

Description: For this work, I was interested in forming a visual exchange with the audience, I began by making an odd and complex form designed to be ‘interpreted’ by the audience through drawing.

Patte Loper .. Salvaged material, duct tape, latex paint, DVD player, iPod Touch, animated video shown as a loop
After Lebbeus: A Model for Drawing
2014
Salvaged material, duct tape, latex paint, DVD player, iPod Touch, animated video shown as a loop
52" x 50" x 75"

Description: This small sculptural installation was exhibited under a set of stairs in the Lab Space at the Drawing Center in NYC, responding to a strange architectural space. The piece was created by imbedding drawings, videos, and fragmented remains of older sculptures into a structure.

Patte Loper .. Salvaged material, duct tape, latex paint, DVD player, iPod Touch, animated video shown as a loop
After Lebbeus: A Model for Drawing
2014
Salvaged material, duct tape, latex paint, DVD player, iPod Touch, animated video shown as a loop
52" x 50" x 75"

Description: In keeping with the interest in responding to both the environment and history of an exhibition space, this work responded to the Drawing Center's recent posthumous exhibition of paper architect Lebbeus Woods' drawings.

Patte Loper .. Salvaged material, duct tape, latex paint, DVD player, iPod Touch, animated video shown as a loop
After Lebbeus: A Model for Drawing
2014
Salvaged material, duct tape, latex paint, DVD player, iPod Touch, animated video shown as a loop
52" x 50" x 75"

Description: The piece involved research into Lebbeus Woods' process only to invert it - Woods' structural drawings were often considered too difficult to build. My goal was to create a structure so complex, it could be considered impossible, or at least extremely difficult to draw.

Patte Loper .. Cardboard, found material, wood, plastic, paint, oil on canvas
Structure for Ruining Paintings, as part of Your Margins, Your Rivers, Your Diminutive Villages at the Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College
2014
Cardboard, found material, wood, plastic, paint, oil on canvas
100" x 200" x 90"

The work in this show includes paintings and site-specific multimedia work comprised of drawing, video, and sculptural elements. In a shift from previous work, the sculpture has become the dominant element, with the paintings acting as backdrops or props for other works. Using automatic building techniques, this work responds to the natural environment of Ithaca and the surrounding landscape as a point of departure, moving from hidden waterways and deeply-wooded terrain to manicured gardens and agricultural land.

This was constructed onsite and designed to channel paint through conduits to spill onto landscape oil paintings.

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Structure for Ruining Paintings, detail
2014