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Friday, June 10, 2005

PANEL DISCUSSION

NICHOLAS LOWIE AND SHERIDAN LOWREY DISCUSS THEIR INSTALLATION PROJECT,
ONE-HUNDRED-SIXTY-ONE-YEAR EXPOSURE/ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIFTH OF A SECOND EXHIBITION.

THE DISCUSSION:

On Friday, June 10 at 8 P.M., Nicholas Lowie and Sheridan Lowrey will engage in conversation with contemporary art intimates Doug Harvey and Christine Wertheim concerning Lowie/Lowrey's installation at Track 16 Gallery. The discussion will include a critical reading and comparison of other L.A. projects: the Museum of Jurassic Technology, the Getty Museum garden by Robert Irwin, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and, by extension, past programming at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. The talk will necessarily involve a characterization of contemporary art in the context of post-Duchamp practice through Lowie/Lowrey's surprising (re)interpretation of Marcel Duchamp's oeuvre.

THE BOOK:

Click below to view link for book.
http://www.smartartpress.com/products/1295

In five short essays included in the Smart Art Press publication, Pinspot #14: Nicholas Lowie and Sheridan Lowrey, [A] Rose is an apple..., Lowie and Lowrey begin to articulate a here-to-fore undiscovered theme underlying Marcel Duchamp's entire oeuvre. They assert that Duchamp's works problematize the biblical narrative of the Fall: Adam and Eve (the Bride and the Bachelors) are the "one flesh" of the apple (tree)--constituent of physical, chemical, biological, and geometric processes--relative to a "science of morality" (a tenet of Speculative Freemasonry).

The revelatory aspect of Lowie/Lowrey's Duchamp scholarship is complicated by their further assertion that the L.A.-based Museum of Jurassic Technology (MJT) is the means by which they have "found" Duchamp. Lowie/Lowrey's texts suggest that the MJT plays the role of precedent for a body of works that were conceived well before it. Lowie/Lowrey (and/or the MJT?) have, in effect, created a hybrid/ a duck-rabbit/a Lincoln-Wilson that belies usual historical lineage.

THE EXHIBITION:

Lowie's and Lowrey's beautiful and thought provoking installation,
One-Hundred-Sixty-One-Year Exposure/One Hundred Twenty-Fifth of a Second Exhibition,
is on view at Track 16 Gallery through June 11, 2005.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 A.M. to 6 P.M.