511 West 25th Street, New York, New York 10001 212 989 5467 fax 212 989 5642
  home | artists | exhibitions | news | contact
 
  Jean Lowe
Live the Dream!
February 16 - March 24, 2012
 

In "Live the Dream!" Lowe creates a humorous critique of consumerism, consumption and the ubiquity and insidiousness of advertising in contemporary society. Visitors to the gallery must navigate Lowe's cash-and-carry installation, "Discount Barn," a mini-store of papier-mâché and ceramic iterations of the jumble of items normally found in 99 cent stores. The installation's abundant signage bears inspirational exhortations such as "Stop Wishing, Start Living! (Ask about our Senior Discounts,)" "Look 20 Years Younger (Must be at Least 21 Years of Age,) or simply, "Aspire." The shelves are loaded cheek-by-jowl with Lowe's humorous versions of items such as "Tear Stain Remover," "Anti-Wrinkle Gel Patches," canned goods and bleach, as well as editions of faux books with titles such as "How to Spot Value."
 
Paired with the installation is a group of new enamel on panel paintings depicting the same sort of "Discount Barn" merchandise displayed in repurposed Baroque libraries and great rooms. With soaring, painted domed ceilings, elaborate chandeliers and other architectural flourishes, these former seats of social and political power, luxury, and higher learning have been transformed into palaces of commonplace consumption. The interiors are based on composite photographs of extant monastery libraries, cathedrals, and chateaux made during Lowe's travels throughout Europe, but the artist has filled them with big-box store merchandise displays. Also in the exhibition are papier-mâché sculptures of items similar to those depicted in the paintings: a table piled with remaindered books, and stacks of sugar boxes and bottles of corn syrup.
 
Throughout the exhibition, Lowe engages in a multi-pronged conversation about consumerism. Although critiquing the power of advertising and its insistence that a purchased object can be reliably transformational, the artist herself is engaged in creating consumerist desire with the relatively inexpensive objects found in the "Discount Barn”, all the while acknowledging and asserting the role of the artist as a maker of things.
 
 
You're Awesome, 2011
Enamel on wood panel
48 x 32 1/2 inches

Hey Sexy, 2011
Enamel on wood panel
40 x 60 inches

Josephine's Collection, 2011
Enamel on wood panel
36 x 33 inches
 
A Passion for Excellence, 2012
Enamel on wood panel
36 x 36 inches

Rinso, 2010-11
Enamel on wood panel
36 x 30 inches

Expect Miracles, 2011
Enamel on wood panel
36 x 36 inches
 
Live the Dream, 2010-11
Enamel on wood panel
36 x 24 inches

Installation view


Installation view

 
Installation view


Installation view


Installation view

 
Installation view


Installation view


Installation view

 
Installation view


Cups, 2011
Glazed ceramic
Sizes vary

Rekindling Your Passion, 2010
Princess Cordials, 2011
Greek Chase (Plates), 2011
 
Anti Wrinkle Gel Patches, 2011
Waist Trimmer, 2011
Both enamel on cardboard

Tear Stain Remover, 2011
Body Sculpt, 2011
Both glazed ceramic, sizes vary

Hair Products, 2011
Enamel on cardboard
Sizes vary
 
Hair Products, 2011
Enamel on cardboard
Sizes vary

Boomboxes, 2011
Bowls, 2011

Bowls, 2011
Glazed ceramic
9 1/2 x 10 x 2 3/4 inches
 
Nature Morte, 2011
How to Spot Value, 2011
Enamel on papier-mâché & cardboard

Alchemy, 2011
Enamel on papier-mâché & cardboard

Canned Goods, 2011
Enamel on cardboard
Sizes vary
 
Canned Goods, 2011
Enamel on cardboard
Sizes vary

Twin Dragon – Almond Cookies, 2011
Westsoy Plain Low Fat Soymilk Drink, 2011

Milk & Cookies, 2011
Six-Packs, 2011
 
Cleanser, 2011
Bleach, 2011

Trust. Accountability., 2011
As-Is, 2011
Fantastic!, 2011

Look 20 Years Younger, 2011
Outstanding Value!, 2011
 
A Passion for Excellence, 2011
Sustainable Impulse Buying, 2011

Because You're Worth It!,2011


Stop Wishing, Start Living!, 2011

 
Aspire, 2011
Nutritainment Headquarters!, 2011
High Performance, Delivered., 2011

These are the Good Old Days!, 2011
A Fresh Start, 2011

Push Por Homme, 2011
Glazed ceramic
Sizes vary
 
Baskets, 2011
Enamel on cardboard with rope
24 1/4 x 22 x 15 inches each

Sweeteners, 2011
Enamel on cardboard and papier-mâché with wood
46 x 18 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches

Remainder Table, 2011
Enamel on cardboard and papier-mâché with wood
38 1/2 x 42 3/4 x 25 inches
return to exhibitions| view more Lowe images
511 West 25th Street, New York, New York 10001 212 989 5467 fax 212 989 5642
email info@mckenziefineart.com