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  Jean Lowe
February 12 - March 13, 2004
 

With Jean Lowe’s enamel-painted papier-mâché sculptures, weighty and imperious assumptions and ideological constructs are lampooned and given a veneer of beauty through the use of fragile, hand-made and unassuming materials. In an installation titled Empire Style, Lowe's updated Napoleonic salon contrasts her slightly cartoonish antique furnishings and ornaments with hand-painted wall paper depicting present-day American suburbia, in which strip mall parking lots have replaced 19th-century vistas of idealized nature. Lowe deftly nests a contemporary sense of dislocation within the midst of a faux neo-classical setting, reminding the viewer of the power establishment’s reliance on style to absorb, insinuate into, and project cultural ideals. Also exhibited are shelves and books from The Library of Dr. Pohatten, as well as Apollo and Daphne, a series of cast pieces referring to Bernini’s sculpture of the same title.
 
  Empire Style:
 
Empire Style installation view, 2003
Mural: acrylic on canvas
Furniture: enamel on papier-mâché

Empire Style: Pizza Hut, 2003
Mural: acrylic on canvas
Furniture: enamel on papier-mâché
Mural: 127 X 187 inches

Detail of Empire Style: Pizza Hut, 2003
Mural: acrylic on canvas
Furniture: enamel on papier-mâché
 
Empire Style: Walmart, 2003
Mural: acrylic on canvas
Furniture: enamel on papier-mâché
Mural: 127 X 237 inches

Detail of Empire Style: Walmart, 2003
Mural: acrylic on canvas
Furniture: enamel on papier-mâché

Empire Style: Del Taco, 2003
Acrylic on canvas
127 X 122 inches
  The Library of Dr. Pohattan:
 
Installation view of
Small Ebonized and Parcel-Gilt Mahogany Bookcase, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché

Leisure Clock, 2003
Enamel on papier-mâché
with clock
14 X 14 1/8 X 6 3/8 inches

Tall High End Bookcase, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché
88 1/2 X 41 X 13 1/2 inches
 
Detail of Tall High End Bookcase, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché

Long Distance Whiner, 2003
Enamel on papier-mâché
13 3/4 X 11 X 3 inches

Empire Bookcase, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché
89 X 42 X 14 inches
 
Detail of Empire Bookcase, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché

Don't Forget to Party, 2003
Enamel on papier-mâché
16 X 9 1/2 X 2 1/2 inches
  Apollo and Daphne:
 
Installation view of
Apollo and Daphne series, 2003
Enamel on cast papier-mâché

Apollo and Daphne (Giant Redwood), 2003
Enamel on cast papier-mâché
23 1/4 X 13 X 9 inches
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