Open Mind Art Space is pleased to present Illinois-based artist, Benjamin Lowder’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, Phoneme, featuring all new works, and co-curated by FUN Gallery founder Patti Astor. An artist talk moderated by art critic Shana Nys Dambrot will be held on Saturday, October 7th at 6:00 PM, followed by an opening reception for the artist from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The exhibition will be on view from October 7th through November 3rd, 2017.
“Myth or Magic? Painting or Sculpture? Vintage Advertising or Subliminal Messages from the Past? All great art shares a secret but reveals its existence. Each of Benjamin Lowder’s pieces not only invite us to share the adventure they hold within, they also inspire us to imagine our own.”
In his upcoming exhibition Phoneme (pronounced fō-neem), Lowder returns with his latest in an ongoing series of mixed media works which he refers to as Myth, Math & Magic, using the same materials consisting of vintage metal signage and reclaimed wood, but this time incorporating more abstract painting on their surfaces and creating new three-dimensional totems in addition to his two-dimensional wall installations. In this series, Lowder says, “The advertising tropes of the vintage signs are deconstructed and reassembled into sacred geometric patterns that break the magic spell cast by the advertising’s original letter forms. These artifacts are recast to transmute feelings of nostalgia for an unsustainable past while drawing forward ancient wisdom to support an abundant future.”
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