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  Jean Lowe
Lost Time
September 7 - October 12, 2014
 

For years, Lowe has created humorous and subversive installations that question intellectual and cultural institutions and societal assumptions.  Using papier-mâché and enamel paint, she fabricates all the elements needed for her fully-realized interiors. In this exhibition, Lowe slyly critiques the way society assigns value, and to what, through the creation of a faux auction house showroom.  Lowe’s showroom installation is decorated with paintings and digital prints depicting glossy auction house catalogue covers and posters.  From fictional auction houses and websites such as “Roquefort’s,” “Heritage Holdovers,” and “PoliceAuctions.com,“ Lowe’s paintings illustrate items from sales which feature everything from fine watches, love letters, and important old master paintings, to manuscripts and ephemera.
 
Some of the lots featured in these sales are on display on pedestals in the showroom, which has been decorated with a large-scale, painted Persian carpet (Teheran, mid-20th century) and a papier-mâché rubber plant in the corner. These include painted sculptures of an obsolete yellow pages phonebook and a volume entitled, “If God Loves Me, Why Do I Need a Vibrator?”  Additionally, several of the items of faux ephemera are on view:  a 19th-century broadside offering a reward for lost minutes and hours; a poster for a lost dog, again featuring a reward, along with an emotional appeal regarding the canine’s medical condition; a newspaper clipping about a man eaten by a bear in an Alaskan campground; a psychiatrist’s ironic notes on a patient, scrawled on a yellow pad; inter-office memos, and a variety of posters. Riffing on both Warhol and Gonzalez-Torres, in the rear of the gallery Lowe has created a showroom back office, replete with painted sculptures of folding chairs, a case of wine (Two Buck Chuck), a paddle and tape measure, and a wood pallet stacked with off-set lithograph give-away posters.
 
In this exhibition, Lowe playfully transforms the banal into the magical and makes the rarified ridiculous by transforming commonplace items into desirable commodities, all in a satirical setting of high commerce.  Through her painted and sculptured recreations the artist humorously questions what is real, what is true, what has value, and why.
 
 
Auction Poster (Love Letters), 2014
Enamel on wood
40 x 30 inches

Auction Poster (Old Master Paintings), 2014
Enamel on wood
30 x 20 inches

Auction Poster (Printed and Manuscript Americana), 2014
Enamel on wood
40 x 30 inches
 
Auction Poster (American Books), 2014
Enamel on wood
30 x 20 inches

Police Auction (Fine Watches), 2014
Enamel on wood
24 x 20 inches

Police Auction (Important Old Master Paintings), 2014
Enamel on wood
24 x 20 inches
 
Thank a Farmer, 2014
Casein on paper
30 x 22 inches

Ephemera (Lost Time), 2013
Acrylic and watercolor on paper
24 1/4 x 18 1/4 inches

Am I Crazy?, 2014
Casein on paper
30 x 20 inches
 
Elixir Broadside, 2014
Watercolor and acrylic on paper
22 1/2 x 17 inches

Read! American Book Council Poster, 2014
Casein on paper
22 x 30 inches

Ephemera (Lost Dog), 2013
Casein on paper
19 1/4 x 14 3/4 inches
 
Lost Drone, 2014
Casein on paper
13 1/4 x 10 inches

Ephemera (Brown Bear Eats Man), 2013
Acrylic and watercolor on paper
17 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches

The Real Yellow Pages, 2014
Casein on acid free foam board
11 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 2 inches
 
If God Loves Me, Why Do I Need a Vibrator?, 2014
Casein on acid free foam board
10 x 10 x 3 inches

A Teheran Carpet, North Persia, Mid-20th Century, 2014
Enamel and latex on canvas
192 x 119 inches

Rubber Plant, 2014
Enamel on papier-mâché with mixed media
71 x 26 x 29 inches
 
2 Buck Chuck, 2014
Enamel on papier-mâché and wood
15 x 16 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches

Folding Chair, 2014
Enamel on cardboard with papier-mâché
31 x 18 1/2 x 25 inches

Paddle, 2013
Enamel on papier-mâché
10 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Folded Folding Chair, 2014
Enamel on cardboard with papier-mâché
38 1/2 x 3 x 19 inches

Pallet and Poster Stack, 2013-14
Enamel on papier-mâché and wood
Offset lithography
24 x 34 1/2 x 5 inches
27 x 19 inches

Tape Measure, 2014
Casein on foam board
4 1/2 x 4 x 1 1/2 inches
 
Catalogue Cover (Ephemera), 2013
Inkjet print on polymetal, unique
21 x 16 1/2 inches

Auction Page (Clipping), 2013
Inkjet print on polymetal, unique
21 x 16 1/2 inches

Auction Page (Licenses), 2013
Inkjet print on polymetal, unique
21 x 16 1/2 inches
 
Auction Page (A Child's Scrapbook), 2013
Inkjet print on polymetal, unique
22 x 31 inches

Auction Page (Poem for a Great Gal), 2013
Inkjet print on polymetal, unique
21 x 16 1/2 inches

Auction Page (Posterity Poem), 2013
Inkjet print on polymetal, unique
21 x 16 1/2 inches
 
Auction Page (Dr.'s Notes, Lively Session), 2013
Inkjet print on polymetal, unique
21 x 16 1/2 inches

Auction Page (Hotel Poem), 2013
Inkjet print on polymetal, unique
21 x 16 1/2 inches
 
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