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"Jean Lowe: Selections from the Library of Dr. Pohatten"
2001-07-01 until 2001-10-14
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
USA United States of America
Artist Jean Lowe uses familiar, interior spaces to communicate her social satire. Her installation pieces are created from papier mâché. With a light and humorous touch, California artist Jean Lowe creates installations that tackle weighty issues. These works, made entirely of
papier mâché painted with enamels, address a wide range of topics, from ecology and consumerism to beauty tips and self-help.
In an attempt
to make work that can address a wide audience she raises issues concerning the ills of modern society.
Selections from the Library of Dr. Pohatten is an installation in two parts. One part suggests the library of a psychologist, Dr. Pohatten, which is
lined with shelves full of books and knickknacks. The subjects of these books, which all revolve around the nature of human beings and
societal interactions, are generally conveyed with an elaborate title and illustration on the front cover. The other part of the installation
represents the opening night of an art gallery exhibition, but the food and drink on the table are more prominent than the art on the walls. Lowe
reverses viewers' expectations in order to critique the social framework in which we encounter artwork.