Patte Loper - "Laboratory for Other Worlds"


Patte Loper - "Laboratory for Other Worlds"

Opening of Patte Loper's "Laboratory for Other Worlds"
Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6-8 pm
Monterey Annex - 1414 Monterey Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Free and open to the public


Be one of the first to see the Mattress Factory's newest installation - Patte Loper's "Laboratory for Other Worlds." Loper is one of eight artists selected to create new works for the upcoming Factory Installed 2019 exhibition, which will open in its entirety in September.


Loper’s work utilizes painting, drawing, video, installation and performance. Her new piece at the Mattress Factory inhabits the entire first floor of the Monterey Annex and takes the form of a science fiction film set inspired by broader ideas about social and environmental justice.


The immersive installation intertwines hand-built structures and sculptures made from humble materials with painting, video, and sound powered in part by solar panel technology. The installation is intuitive and psychological with a muted palette standing in contrast to the imaginative forms, lively scenarios, and shifting scales at play. The format of a lab allows for the possibility of failure as well as for many things to be happening at once. Viewers will be invited to find their own connections between conceptual themes and visual elements.


About the Artist
Patte Loper is an interdisciplinary artist based in painting who experiments with sculpture and video. Her practice began exclusively with conceptually based figurative painting and the work morphed over time into an experimental practice that utilizes painting, drawing, video, installation, and performance. Recent exhibitions have considered the ethics of architecture, the relationship between social justice and climate change, sustainable energy technology, and intersectionality in Arab and Western identity.


She has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the Drawing Center in New York, The Bronx Museum, The Licini Museum in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, LMCC's Art Center on Governor's Island New York, the Juliette Art Museum at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, the PalaentologicalMuseum in Cortina, Italy, the Tacoma Art Museum, Suyama Space in Seattle, WA, and the Zuckerman Museum in Atlanta, GA. Her work has been reviewed in the Italian edition of Flash Art, Artnet, Time Out, Chicago, and the Boston Globe, and is in the collections of the Rene di Rosa Foundation, the Microsoft Corporation, and the Hirshhorn Museum. 


She has participated in residency fellowships at Yaddo, the Millay Colony, Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Center’s Swing Space, and was a participant in the Drawing Center's Open Sessions Program 2014-2016. She is currently a member artist of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program.

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