Still Point of the Returning World
Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA
October 6 to November 19, 2011

The Sky is Burning, the Sea Aflame
Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
October 14 to November 10, 2010


These paintings are precise renderings of scenarios involving unusual combinations of the natural world and improbable architectural structures. This work employs the use of lush color and representational imagery to explore environments devoid of humans in which deer and other animals appear as mysterious interlocutors. Created from elaborate digital collages, this series depicts a world in which a strange form of nature is allowed, at least for the moment, to respond freely and enigmatically to the human environment. This project draws upon sources that range from mid century modernist furniture, experimental architecture, natural history, love songs of the 70’s and 80’s, and Ruskin’s notions of the pathetic fallacy.

In the more recent work, I have begun to cobble together scraps of cardboard, old cloth, sticks, string, and putty to create relatively crude, small sculptures whose design slides between still life, figure, and architecture. I use these objects as subjects for paintings, a process that renders them as dramatic characters and places them into hybrid, two-dimensional environments--environments themselves cobbled together from remnants of iconic images. 

2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame
Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame
Remember Me as a Time of Day, 2011, 20" x 24"

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame
Remember Me as a Time of Day
Detail

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame  Oil on Panel
Queen Mab
2011
Oil on Panel
30" x 40"

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame
Queen Mab
Detail

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame  Mixed Media
Untitled (Leipzig)
2011
Mixed Media
24" x 20" x 18"

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame
Installation Shot, Platform Gallery, October 2011

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame  Oil on panel
Your Blinded Hand
2011
Oil on panel
30' x 40"

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame  Mixed Media
Untitled
2011
Mixed Media
9" x 9" x 6"

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame
Installation Shot, Platform Gallery, October 2011

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame  Mixed media
Untitled (The Tender Horns)
2011
Mixed media
13" x 12" x 8"

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame  Oil on Panel
No Matter How Many Skies Have Fallen
2011
Oil on Panel
30" x 40"

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame
No Matter How Many Skies Have Fallen
Detail

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame  acrylic and oil on paper
You Run Through Here With Your Words of Sand
2010
acrylic and oil on paper
20" x 25"

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame
You Run Through Here With Your Words of Sand, detail

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame  acrylic, oil, and graphite on paper
The Sky is Burning, the Sea Aflame
2010
acrylic, oil, and graphite on paper
19" x 23"

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame
The Sky is Burning, the Sea Aflame, detail

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame  acrylic, oil, and graphite on paper
While My Heart is Still Beating
2010
acrylic, oil, and graphite on paper
19" x 23"

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame
While My Heart Is Still Beating, detail

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame  acrylic and oil on paper
Until I Hear You Sigh Here
2009
acrylic and oil on paper
20" x 25"

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame  acrylic and oil on paper
The Spring is Turning Your Face to Mine
2009
acrylic and oil on paper
20" x 25"

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame  acrylic and oil on paper
I Can Hear Your Laughter, See Your Smile
2009
acrylic and oil on paper
20" x 25"

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame
I Can Hear Your Laughter, See Your Smile, detail

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame  acrylic ans oil on paper
We're the Restless Hearted, Not the Chained and Bound
2010
acrylic ans oil on paper
20" x 25"

Patte Loper 2010-2011 Still Point of the Returning World/The Sea is Burning, Sky Aflame  acrylic and oil on paper
You're Running With Me, Don't Touch the Ground
2009
acrylic and oil on paper
20" x 25"