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  Jean Lowe
February 9 - March 11, 2006
The Loneliness Clinic
 
Jean Lowe's new exhibition, The Loneliness Clinic, explores the intersection of psychiatry and mid-century modernist design. The installation includes all the furnishings and trappings that one might encounter in a psychiatrist’s office, beginning with the waiting room, with its magazine and pamphlet racks, Breuer chairs, and rubber plant. Upon close inspection, the viewer realizes that all the apparently weighty objects are handmade, enamel-painted papier-mâché replicas. In a similar moment of realization, the solid authority of the therapist's office dissolves into a web of humorous references including sham diplomas and credentials, bound volumes cataloging absurd disorders, and mega-store prescription drug bottles. This inner sanctum of healing contains Lowe’s rough-hewn versions of furnishings by Le Corbusier, Eames, Mies van der Rohe and George Nelson. The minimal, urbane, corporate authority of modern design contrasts with the personal dramas which one can imagine unfolding here. Stacks of tissue boxes and the doctor’s notes on yellow pads, again all hand-made, attest to overwrought confession and professional insight. Knick-knacks such as Greek vases and classical statuettes, usually meant to demonstrate good taste and worldliness, seem to poke fun at the supposed triumph of Western rationality and the authority of the classical education. As in all of her installations, Lowe uses humor to effectively question the consolidation and reinforcement of power as expressed in aesthetic styles and personal belongings.
 
  Waiting Room:
 
Partial installation view of The Loneliness Clinic, 2004-5
Enamel on papier-mâché
Varying dimensions

Magazine rack and Breuer furnishings, 2004-5
Enamel on papier-mâché
Varying dimensions

Magazine rack and Breuer furnishings, 2004-5
Enamel on papier-mâché
Varying dimensions
 
Detail of Magazine Rack (Shape), 2005
Enamel on papier-mâché
44 1/2 x 58 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches

Rubber Plant, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché
62 1/2 x 28 x 24 1/2 inches

Feminist New Englander, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché
5 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 16 inches
 
Sugar Mommy, 2005
Enamel on papier-mâché
16 x 15 x 1/2 inches

Pharmacy Solutions, 2005
Enamel on papier-mâché
47 x 32 1/4 x 2 inches

Tissue Box Stacks, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché
Varying dimensions
 
Pfizer Flower Basket, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché
14 1/2 x 18 x 15 1/2 inches

The Loneliness Clinic (Fall), 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché
19 1/4 x 18 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches
  Office:
 
Partial installation view of The Loneliness Clinic, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché
Varying dimensions

Partial installation view of The Loneliness Clinic, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché
Varying dimensions

Partial installation view of The Loneliness Clinic with Corbusier Table, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché
Table: 31 1/2 x 53 x 30 inches

 
Large Bookcase, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché
95 x 126 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Detail of Large Bookcase, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché

Detail of Large Bookcase, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché
 
George Nelson Sling Sofa with diplomas, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché
Sofa: 29 1/2 x 83 x 24 inches

DMV, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché
24 1/4 x 32 x 2 1/2 inches

Curio Shelves, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché
 
Detail of Curio Shelf, Large, 2004
Enamel on papier-mâché
  Doctor's Notes:
 
Installation view of Doctor's Notes, 2004-05
Enamel on papier-mâché
Varying dimensions

Doctor's Notes: 7th Session, 2005
Enamel on papier-mâché
13 1/8 x 10 inches

Doctor's Notes: Couples Session, 2005
Enamel on papier-mâché
13 1/8 x 10 inches
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