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Constance Lowe
updated: 11/17/2013
website: www.constancelowe.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Mendel's Corsage (Second)
Mendel's Corsage (Third)
Manifold Projection 2
Manifold Projection 3
Manifold Projection 4
Manifold Projection 1
FabCom 12
Beyond Measure
Chromarray 5-4
FabCom 14-2
Garden City #1 (flyover)
Garden City #2
Garden City #3
never/ever/over
never/ever/over
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, anatomy, biomorphic, fantasy, surreal, nature, science, optical, organic, psychological
 
 
Mendel's Corsage (Second) by Constance Lowe
Mendel's Corsage (Second)
colored pencil on drafting film
2012
16" x  16" 
Mendel's Corsage (Third) by Constance Lowe
Mendel's Corsage (Third)
colored pencil on drafting film
2012
14" x  14" 
Manifold Projection 2 by Constance Lowe
Manifold Projection 2
archival inkjet print on watercolor paper
2012
24" x  19" 
Manifold Projection 3 by Constance Lowe
Manifold Projection 3
archival inkjet print on watercolor paper
2012
24" x  19" 
Manifold Projection 4 by Constance Lowe
Manifold Projection 4
archival inkjet print on watercolor paper
2012
24" x  19" 
Manifold Projection 1 by Constance Lowe
Manifold Projection 1
archival inkjet print on watercolor paper
2012
24" x  19" 
FabCom 12 by Constance Lowe
FabCom 12
colored pencil on drafting film
2003
28.5" x  24" 
Beyond Measure by Constance Lowe
Beyond Measure
colored pencil on drafting film
2012
37" x  16.5" 
Chromarray 5-4 by Constance Lowe
Chromarray 5-4
colored pencil on drafting film
2011
27.5" x  19.5" 
FabCom 14-2 by Constance Lowe
FabCom 14-2
colored pencil on drafting film
2004
45" x  30" 
Garden City #1 (flyover) by Constance Lowe
Garden City #1 (flyover)
acrylic, colored pencil, and leather on drafting film with archival inkjet prints on Japanese paper 30" x 39"
2013
30" x  39" 
Garden City #2 by Constance Lowe
Garden City #2
acrylic, colored pencil, calfskin, and felt on drafting film with archival inkjet prints on Japanese paper
2013
24" x  19" 
Garden City #3 by Constance Lowe
Garden City #3
acrylic, colored pencil, dyed deerskin, felt, and archival inkjet print on Japanese paper on drafting film
2013
23.5" x  23.5" 
never/ever/over by Constance Lowe
never/ever/over
colored pencil on drafting film
2004
70" x  30"  x 6" 
never/ever/over by Constance Lowe
never/ever/over
colored pencil on drafting film
2004
70" x  30"  x 6" 

Artist Statement

My work uses imagery derived from various liquid phenomena such as ink blots and sea foam to explore uncertain states of "in-between-ness" and the slippery nature of perception and meaning, through both drawings on drafting film and related sewn felt pieces. In the drawings, images are rendered in colored pencil on the frosted plastic, reflecting my interests in re-production, translucency, and the agency of color. As the ink blot is a doubled image, the drawings are also literally doubled. That is, each is actually two basically identical drawings, one on each side of the film. I am interested in the kind of incidental color that might result from genetic patterns or hallucinatory states, overlaying notions of the "natural", "unnatural", and "artificial". Recently, I have begun to use digital imaging as an intermediary step to produce more "irrational" color that I could not otherwise envision, creating a reciprocity between manual and digital processes.
Deceptively familar as a child's game and the basis of the Rorschach personality test, the ink blot is a "found" image without an actual model in the physical world. It suggests a multitude of representations playing with and against the human instinct to pull the identifiable from the abstract, enacting a shifting imaginative space between abstraction and representation, the psyche and the external world, and drawing and object.

Artist Bio / CV

Selected Solo and 2-Person Exhibitions
 (re)Turn  Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio 2012 
Leap Year  Ruiz Healy Art, San Antonio 2012  
Equivocal Topographies Russell Hill Rogers Gallery, Southwest School of Art and Craft (catalog) 2008
nether land Widener Gallery, Trinity College, Hartford, Ct (brochure) 2006
Constance Lowe: Graft Cactusbra Space, San Antonio, Tx 2005
Constance Lowe Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, Mn 2005
Double Vision: Constance Lowe and Alicia Beach Phoenix Art Museum, Phoeniz, Az(catalog) 2004
NoworNever The Project Room, San Antonio, Tx 2000
striking likeness "New Works 98.1: Tadashi Kawamata, Glenn Ligon, Constance Lowe," ArtPace, San Antonio, Tx 1998
Colony Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, Mn 1998
Blankets, Furniture, Painting 1993-1996 Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, Mo 1996
Appetite for System I Space Gallery, Chicago, Il 1995
Selected Group Exhibitions
 Continuous Change Ruiz Healy Art, San Antonio 2013
The Long View (Dean, Lowe, Owen) David Shelton Gallery, San Antonio 2012
 Psychedelic San Antonio Museum of Art (traveling) March 2010
All in an Afternoon Monash University, Caulfield, Australia (catalog) 2007
Blur Contemporary Quarterly #3 at www.contemporaryquarterly.com (printed catalog) 2006
Nice to Meet You Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2005
Selected Bibliography
Arning, Bill striking likeness, ArtPace, San Antonio 1998
Colpitt, Frances Double Vision, Phoenix Art Museum 2004
Ryan, Dinah Equivocal Topographies Southwest School of Art and Craft 2008
Whitney, Kathleen "Characteristics of the Fantastic", nether land Trinity College, Hartford 2006