Patte Loper

Recent Sculptural Works

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston, WV,
May 5–30, 2017

This installation uses formal art techniques combined with a sense of hand-made science fiction. The aesthetic histories Cubism, Theater Artaud, Afrofuturism, architectural design, protest art, and 1950’s science fiction b-movies were used as inspiration to build the work.

The large central structure is designed to represent an other-planetary world in which the residents of a beautiful landscape, not unlike West Virginia’s, are spiritually connected to the land and water and use renewable energy technology. The paintings, videos and smaller sculptures represent other aspects of this imaginary world.

The installation is built primarily with recycled material, and everything here will ultimately be recycled or reused in some form.

This site-specific piece was constructed at the Clay Center over a two week period. It is named after a 1950’s science fiction movie called Visit to a Small Planet. In the movie, the small planet is Earth - in this installation, it could be another planet, or a future Earth where an advanced civilization uses renewable energy such as solar, hydraulic, and wind to fuel their lives.

Materials included salvaged wood, cardboard, tape, foil tape, iPods, found footage, foam core, dur-a-lar, latex house paint, lights.

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This Will Not be Us 

2016, dimensions variable, scavenged material

Suyama Space, Seattle WA, May 23  August 19, 2016

Seeking Higher Ground investigated, in installation form, the confluence of the structure of Suyama Space, a historic livery stable near the Seattle Waterfront, and the topography, history, and urban design of the landscape surrounding it. Even though it may appear appear provisional, this installation has been developed over time—built with objects that have been constructed, then intentionally damaged or dismantled and reused in new configurations to allow the objects' experiential history to be an integral part of the form, structure, and conceptual meaning. The title, "Seeking Higher Ground", alludes to not only the spectre of rising sea levels, but also to the ethical and psychological ramifications of the built environment. (Photography by Mark Woods)