Rob Lowe at Kemistry Gallery
Rob Lowe aka Supermundane unveils a new direction in his forthcoming show at the Kemistry Gallery in London...
Opening June 15, Lowe's exhibition will include a series of abstract, large-scale paintings and prints.
Lowe is perhaps more well known for his organic drawing style and sprawling prints and mural work, often peopled with tiny figures. But alongside his inks and watercolours he has been moving towards a more diagrammatic approach in his art, using block colours, solid shapes and repeat patterns.
But the pieces that will be on show in his Details exhibition at Kemistry stem from his previous work – they are in fact details of drawings, blown up and simplified to the point of abstraction.
"These new works have developed from studying my own drawings in a subjective way," Lowe explains. "I was interested in what it is about them that gives the optical effect of depth. I realised that nothing in my drawings exists in isolation and it is the way the lines (or rather the things they are outlining) interconnect that gives the feeling of depth."
"Over the past couple of years I have been working on simplifying these drawings and using colour to increase the visual effect of movement and depth. The results are purely abstract and hard-edged but retain the optimism and movement of the original drawings."
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Love 'em, they certainly jump and shout; blow the dust out of my eye!
Supermundane; right name, insane!
Glancing back, Keith Haring with straight lines zips past!
I think Lowe made his debut in a new direction, the various media of prints and paintings on a large scale site-specific mural improvised band to perform repeatedly and that is very good.
I too immediately came to mind Keith Haring! Haring has certainly made the work more complex and profound, but they are certainly fascinating and psychedelic.
Rob Lowe rules! We've just uploaded a Q&A with him, which also features a preview of some of his new work :) http://bit.ly/ZR64Hl
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