Patte Loper Drawing and Related Processes Work Sample

This group of works demonstrate a development from a direct drawing process to an interdisciplinary and experimental process that often creates 'drawings in space' and uses drawings as sculptural elements.

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Patte Loper ... Drawings on Dur a Lar, scavenged wood, cardboard, duct tape, glue gun, latex paint, oil on canvas, foam core, animated video, video player.
Installation View, Seeking Higher Ground, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA
2016
Drawings on Dur a Lar, scavenged wood, cardboard, duct tape, glue gun, latex paint, 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 ... Drawings on Dur a Lar, scavenged wood, cardboard, duct tape, glue gun, latex paint, oil on canvas, foam core, animated video, video player.
Installation View, Seeking Higher Ground, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA , detail
2016
Drawings on Dur a Lar, scavenged wood, cardboard, duct tape, glue gun, latex paint, oil on canvas, foam core, animated video, video player.

Drawings are placed throughout the installation.

Patte Loper ... Drawings on Dur a Lar, scavenged wood, cardboard, duct tape, glue gun, latex paint, oil on canvas, foam core, animated video, video player.
Installation View, Seeking Higher Ground, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA, detail
2016
Drawings on Dur a Lar, scavenged wood, cardboard, duct tape, glue gun, latex paint, oil on canvas, foam core, animated video, video player.

Drawings and related paintings are used as sculptural elements
Patte Loper ... Oil on canvas
Still Life with Percival
2016
Oil on canvas
40" x 48"

Patte Loper ... Hand-drawn animation, scavenged material
Installation View, Seeking Higher Ground, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA, detail
2016
Hand-drawn animation, scavenged material

Stop-motion animation based on drawings made during meditation placed into sculpture.
Patte Loper ... Hand-drawn animation, shown as a loop
Getting Large Eye
2016
Hand-drawn animation, shown as a loop

Hand-drawn animation, shown as a loop, individual drawing made into animation frame.

Patte Loper ... Hand-drawn animation, shown as a loop, individual drawing made into animation frame.
Getting Large Eye
2016
Hand-drawn animation, shown as a loop, individual drawing made into animation frame.
Patte Loper ... Drawing, painting, sculptural elements
Sparkly Darkly, Installation View, Black and White Gallery 2017
2017
Drawing, painting, sculptural elements

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.

Patte Loper ... Oil on linen
Alien Sex Party
2017
Oil on linen
48" x 58"
Patte Loper ... Drawing, painting, sculptural elements
Sparkly Darkly, Installation View, Black and White Gallery 2017
2017
Drawing, painting, sculptural elements

Patte Loper ... Oil on canvas
Still Life With Percival II
2016
Oil on canvas
12" x 16"
Patte Loper ... Drawing, painting, sculptural elements
Sparkly Darkly, Installation View, Black and White Gallery 2017
2017
Drawing, painting, sculptural elements

Large sculptural object shown with two animated hand drawn videos: Getting Large Eye" and "Good News from Outer Space"

Good News from Outer space
2016-2017
Hand drawn and stop motion animation shown as a loop
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’.

Patte Loper .. Sparkly Darkly, Installation view
Patte Loper ... Drawing on Dur a Lar, salvaged material, duct tape, latex paint, DVD player, iPod Touch, animated video shown as a loop
After Lebbeus: A Model for Drawing
2014
Drawing on Dur a Lar, salvaged material, duct tape, latex paint, DVD player, iPod Touch, animated video shown as a loop
52" x 50" x 75"

Description: This small sculpture and drawing 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.


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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 ... Drawing on Dur a Lar, salvaged material, duct tape, latex paint, DVD player, iPod Touch, animated video shown as a loop
After Lebbeus: A Model for Drawing
2014
Drawing on Dur a Lar, 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. The audience was invited to draw in response to the structure.

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After Lebbeus: A Model for Drawing - Audience drawing
2014

The audience created drawings in response to the installation.
Patte Loper ... Graphite on paper
Observation Deck for Bottomless Pit
2008-2009
Graphite on paper
104" x 60"

Patte Loper ... Graphite
Containment Unit for Black Hole
2009
Graphite
60" x 90"



Patte Loper ... Graphite on paper
Containment Unit for Black Hole, detail
2009
Graphite on paper

Patte Loper ... Graphite on paper
Unrequited Research Facility
2008
Graphite on paper
22" x 30"
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Unrequited Research Facility, detail
2008