• Powers of Ten I
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30 x 40 inches
    • Powers of Ten II
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30" x 40"
    • Powers of Ten III
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30" x 40"
    • Powers of Ten IV
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30 x 40 inches
    • Powers of Ten V
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30 x 40 inches
    • Powers of Ten VI
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30 x 40 inches
    • Powers of Ten VII
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30 x 40 inches
    • Powers of Ten VIII
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30 x 40 inches
    • Powers of Ten IX
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30 x 40 inches
    • Powers of Ten X
    • Ink and Colored Pencil
    • 30 x 40 inches
    • Powers of Ten I
    • Letterpress
    • 10 x 10 inches
    • Powers of Ten II
    • Letterpress
    • 10 x 10 inches
    • Powers of Ten III
    • Letterpress
    • 10 x 10 inches
    • Powers of Ten IV
    • Letterpress
    • 10 x 10 inches
    • Powers of Ten V
    • Letterpress
    • 10 x 10 inches
    • Powers of Ten VI
    • Letterpress
    • 10 x 10 inches
    • Powers of Ten VII
    • Letterpress
    • 10 x 10 inches
    • Powers of Ten VIII
    • Letterpress
    • 10 x 10 inches
    • Powers of Ten IX
    • Letterpress
    • 10 x 10 inches
    • Powers of Ten X
    • Letterpress
    • 10 x 10 inches
    • Powers of Ten I-X
    • Individual Archival Digital Prints
    • 37 x 28 inches
    • Powers of Ten I-X
    • Individual Archival Digital Prints
    • 37 x 28 inches

Artist Statement

The free-flowing narratives of Pattie Lee Becker’s artwork reside within the imaginative process and vibrant color palette of her fine-line drawings and curious sculptures. Her pattern-rich and highly detailed works showcase the results of her playful “dream improvisations” – her process for channeling the subconscious to discover the themes of her work. Becker’s compositions are spontaneous explorations of subject and mood that reveal distinctive networks of forms and situations as they are created, allowing the works to build and reveal their own stories.

POWERS OF TEN

Inspired by the Charles and Ray Eames film “Powers of Ten“, all of the images in this series, which I consider to be one artwork, are each a distinct view within one shared world.  Each drawing can be described as a still frame of an animated journey through 10 primary floating layers, with two subsequent background layers visible in each frame.  As each framing represents a point of perspective along a line traveled, the compositions transform through consistent scaling and linear motion along the axis of the viewer’s gaze. 

This process is an experiment in layering which defies classical ideas of perspective and depth even while portraying patently flat surfaces.  A disorienting inversion of nearness and distance have the confounding result of allowing background objects to grow proportionally with their distance, much like the disorienting experience of looking through a magnifying glass while moving it away from an object.  This series is a personal response to the eponymous Charles and Ray Eames film, which portrays an inspiring but much more scientific exploration of the effects of distance and scale on our visual environment.

Artist Bio

Born Jackson MI, 1975

Lives and works in Denver CO

Education

BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI, 1997

MFA, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York NY, 2001

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2017

Denver Botanic Gardens, ‘Play’, Denver CO

2013

Firehouse Art Center, ‘Objects in Place’, Longmont CO

2012

Gildar Gallery, ‘Powers of Ten’, Denver CO

2011

Lincoln Gallery of Naropa University, ‘Recent Works on Paper’, Boulder CO

Rude Gallery of RMCAD, ‘What I Once Thought Was Mine is Now Ours’, Denver CO

Illiterate Gallery, ‘Psychescapes’, Denver CO

2010

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Ropes’, Boulder CO

2009

Bird, ‘Out of My Head’, New York NY

2005

A.I.R. Gallery, ‘The Harbingers’, Brooklyn NY

Wave Hill, ‘Love First, Live Incidentally or How Humans Grew into Nature’, Bronx NY

 

Group Exhibitions

2018

Space Gallery, ‘Informed – Print as an Influence’, Denver CO

2015

Denver Art Museum’s Design After Dark, ‘Amass’, Denver CO

2014

Denver Art Museum’s Design After Dark, ‘Cast’, Denver CO

2013

UCCS GoCA, ‘Visual Environments: Pattie Lee Becker and Suchitra Mattai’, Colorado Springs CO

Gildar Gallery, ‘Group Show Vol. 3’, Denver CO

2012

Icecube Gallery, ‘Icebreaker 3’, Denver CO

Gildar Gallery, ‘Inaugural Exhibition Vol. 2’, Denver CO

2011

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and DWR, ‘White Space 2011’, Boulder CO

Denver Theater District (DTD), ‘2011’, Denver CO

2010

Michael Rosenthal Gallery, ‘Beyond Arcadia (A Poem for New Jersey)’, San Francisco CA

Anderson Ranch Patton-Malott Gallery, ‘Made: Artist Projects at Anderson Ranch’, Snowmass Village CO

Slideluck Potshow, ‘Exploration’, Boulder CO

Endden Bellegrade, ‘Blackbox Theater as Abandoned Zoo’, Boulder CO

2007

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and DWR, ‘White Space 2’, Boulder CO

2005

The Horticultural Society of New York, ‘Breaking Ground’, New York NY

PS1 Greater New York 2005: Performance Series, ‘Can’t Find the Bottom’, LIC NY

Parker’s Box, ‘I AM 5 Art Fair’, Representing Klaus Von Kichtssagend, Brooklyn NY

Black and White Gallery, ‘Buy it Now’, Brooklyn NY

2004

The Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, ‘After Goya’, New York NY

2003

HERE art, ‘Mysterious Journey’, New York NY

1999

PS 122 Gallery, ‘Pattie Lee Becker and Francesco Simeti’, New York NY

Awards

Grants and Awards

2014

Denver Art Museum’s Design After Dark, ‘Cast’, Denver CO – Award

2010

Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA – Visiting Artist

Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village CO – Visiting Artist

2009

20 x 200: A Jen Bekman Project, New York  NY – Edition Recipient

2005

A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn NY – Fellowship Recipient

2001

Ucross Foundation, Sheridan WY – Spring Resident

2000

Lower East Side Printshop, New York NY – Special Editions Fellow

LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, New York, NY – Neiman Fellow

1999

The Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz NY – Winter Resident