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Sci-fi films inspire new installation at the Mattress Factory

Shirley McMarlin
Patte Loper’s “Laboratory for Other Worlds,” opening May 23 at the Mattress Factory, takes the form of a science fiction film set.
Patte Loper’s "Laboratory for Other Worlds" opens May 23 at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh’s North Side.

The newest installation at the Mattress Factory, opening May 23, takes on the form of a science fiction film set.

A free opening reception for the artwork, Patte Loper’s “Laboratory for Other Worlds,” is set for 6-8 p.m. May 23, in the museum’s Monterey Annex, 1414 Monterey St., in Pittsburgh’s North Side.

Loper is one of eight artists selected to create new works for the upcoming Factory Installed 2019 exhibition, which will open in its entirety on Sept. 27.

Loper’s work, employing painting, drawing, video, installation and performance, inhabits the entire first floor of the Monterey Annex. It “takes the form of a science fiction film set inspired by broader ideas about social and environmental justice,” the museum says

“The immersive installation 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 museum says. “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.”

Loper lives and works in New York City and Boston, where she is on the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.

Her work has shown nationally and internationally at sites including The Bronx Museum, the Zuckerman Museum in Atlanta, the Juliet Art Museum in Charleston, W.Va., and the Licini Museum and the Palaeontological Museum, both in Italy.

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Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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