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Patte Loper

Still Life

Still Life with Star Map, 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches, $4,000

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Still Life without Fire, 2015, oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches, $2,500

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Still Life with Fire, 2015, oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches, $2,500

Still Life with Sea Dingle, 2015, oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches, $2,500

Still Life with Percival, 2016, oil on canvas, 40 x 48 inches, (sold)

Still Life with Percival II, 2016, oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches, $2,500

Still Life with Percival III, 2016, oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches, $2,500

Still Life with Eyeball, 2016, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, $2,500

Still Life with Election Night 2016, 2016–2017, oil on linen, 44 x 56 inches, $6,000

Alien Sex Party, 2016-2017, oil on linen, 48 x 58 inches, $6,000

 
 
 

Still Life with Mysterious Action I, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches, $4,000

Still Life with Mysterious Action II, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches, $4,000


Photo courtesy Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Photo courtesy Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

“Disassembling and reassembling familiar forms such as the human body and architecture are at the heart of my current project. As we enter a time of disruption and possibility, I am looking for ways to reassemble visual tropes to point to expanded visions, possible futures, and the ethics of being human.

“The three paintings in the Still Life with Percival series are based on drawings by Percival Lowell. Lowell was the renowned astronomer who first saw the canals of Mars through a telescope, which he documented through beautiful, detailed drawings. Eventually his theories proposed in his book, Mars and Its Canals, (published in 1911; Link) was debunked when no one else could see them. It was later realized that through an optical fluke, he was seeing the back of his own cornea (structure of the eye) superimposed on the surface of the planet.”

Patte Loper is a painter who experiments with sculpture and video. She was born in Colorado and grew up in Tallahassee, FL, a subtropical college town where she first developed an appreciation for the ways nature and culture can overlap. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, and Boston, MA, where she is on the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, Boston, MA. She has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including the Drawing Center, New York, NY; The Licini Museum, Ascoli Piceno Italy; LMCC’s Art Center on Governor’s Island, NY; the Palaentological Museum, Cortina, Italy; The Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; the Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY; the ISE Foundation, New York, NY; and the Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA.