Tristin Lowe

Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 7pm

Leslie Cheek Theater
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard

“Philadelphia based artist Tristin Lowe shares a sensibility of an important group of American artists such as Tim Hawkinson, Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy. He deals with the abject and the vulnerable, with childhood and the visceral. His wacky sculptures and installations employ pumps, engines, valves, gizmos of all sorts to animate and amplify the essential pathos in his work. Whether replicating the intimate spaces of childhood memory; or making a clown fly, a bed urinate, or a pillow gurgle bourbon; Lowe’s sculptures and installations evoke both child-like fantasy and a sophisticated attention to the Surrealist world of dreams. The carnivalesque first impression is quickly subverted by the darker content.” (credit)

“Tristin Lowe’s colossal sculpture Mocha Dick [currently on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts through November 27] is a fifty-two-feet-long recreation of the real-life albino sperm whale that terrorized early 19th-century whaling vessels near Mocha Island in the South Pacific. Mocha Dick, described in appearance as “white as wool,” engaged in battle with numerous whaling expeditions and inspired Herman Melville’s epic Moby-Dick (1851). Lowe worked with the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia to make the sculpture: a large-scale vinyl inflatable understructure sheathed in white industrial felt.”(credit)

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