2015 Power Exchange Unit
Patte Loper 2015 Power Exchange Unit  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"

Power Exchange Unit was developed for the Drawing Center exhibition, 'Name it By Trying to Name It' curated by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway. Like 'After Lebbeus', this piece responds to an earlier exhibition, this time 'Drawing Lessons', an installation/performance piece exhibited in 2014 at the Drawing Center curated by Claire Gilman and Nova Benway, in which artist Andrea Bowers taught artist and activist Suzanne Lacy how to draw. Lacey, as did many feminist artists of her generation, rejected traditional drawing as re-inscribing traditional power structures, favoring instead more urgent and radical forms of art making. Allowing herself to be taught by Bowers, Lacy describes these lessons are an exchange of power between teacher and student.

For the Power Exchange Unit, any audience member who viewed the piece was enticed to draw the he still life objects attached to the sculpture from observation, instigating a more haptic and involved exchange of visual experience between artist and audience. The drawings left on the easel during the show were collected, scanned and projected onto the screen imbedded in the piece, transferring "power" from artist to audience and back again, with the Power Exchange Unit acting as drawing lesson, archive, and exhibition site for the audience's work.

Patte Loper 2015 Power Exchange Unit
Power Exchange Unit, exhibition view

Patte Loper 2015 Power Exchange Unit
Power Exchange Unit, exhibition view

Patte Loper 2015 Power Exchange Unit
Power Exchange Unit, audience drawing

Patte Loper 2015 Power Exchange Unit
Power Exchange Unit, audience drawing

Patte Loper 2015 Power Exchange Unit
Power Exchange Unit, audience drawing

Patte Loper 2015 Power Exchange Unit
Power Exchange Unit, audience drawing

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