Patte Loper

Laboratory for Other Worlds


Laboratory for Other Worlds is an exhibition by Patte Loper that will open at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA, on May 23, 2019. Platform is taking the opportunity this month to chart the progress of her work through photographs from her New York studio to installation shots at the Museum to images documenting the actual exhibition. This website will be updated frequently during the month to present a sort of studio visit and behind the scenes look at preparing and actually “installing” an exhibition that itself is a work of art.

This immersive installation takes the form of a science fiction film set inspired by broader ideas about social and environmental justice. It 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.


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, 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. Her work has been reviewed in Flash Art (Italian edition), ArtnetTime 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 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 participated in the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions program. She is a member artist of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program.