Your Margins, Your Rivers, Your Diminutive Villages
Work by Patte Loper
January 22—March 7, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 23, 5.00–7.00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Thursday, February 20, 6.00 p.m.
The work seen in this show will be paintings and a multimedia site-specific work comprised of drawing, video, and sculptural components. Using automatic building and drawing techniques, Loper will create a piece in the gallery using the surrounding natural environment of the area as a departure point, from water pathways moving through terrain and deep woods to manicured landscapes and land used for agriculture. Because the work is generated intuitively, using surrealist automatism as a guiding principle, the work often takes unexpected forms, exploring the intersecting terrains of landscape, utopian architecture, and bodily organism.
Patte Loper was born in Colorado and grew up in Florida, 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 serves on the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has exhibited her work in the United States and Europe at spaces including: Platform Gallery, The Tacoma Art Museum, and The Center on Contemporary Art in the Pacific Northwest; Lyons Weir Gallery, Westbeth Gallery, Nancy Margolis Gallery and Caren Golden Gallery in New York; Sonoma Art Museum and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the Bay Area; and shows abroad in Milan, Cortina, and Vienna. Her work has been reviewed in the Italian edition of Flash Art, Artnet, and Time Out, Chicago, among others. Her work is in the collections of the Rene di Rosa Foundation, the Microsoft Corporation, and the Hirshhorn Museum. Loper has been awarded residency fellowships by the Millay Colony, Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Center’s Swing Space.