FRANCESCA LOWE(BORN 1979) LONDON
Francesca Lowe's new paintings, from the series titled 'Flush' have just been installed at
The House of St, Barnabas, 1, Greek Street, London W1D 4NQ 0207-437-1894
for opening hours: www.hosb.org.uk or call Riflemaker: 07794-629-188
FRANCESCA LOWE: 'Flower Paintings' (2014)
This new series of paintings by London-born Francesca Lowe developed through the artist thinking about the term "still life" - the words "still" and "life" and the polarity between them. The paintings explore ways to infect stillness with life and life with stillness.
Visually, a 'cut' bloom, a 'still' photograph, a floral 'motif' (quiet, truncated elements) and applied layers of pattern operating at different physical depths within each painting, create visual oscillations. Some aspects of the images and patterns are familiar (sampled from Op art, wallpaper, clip art, curtains; 'pop culture' references). This familiarity lends itself to the very idea of stillness, perhaps due to its relation to known-ness. The loop of 'known-ness' or 'what we are used to' disrupted, turned unfamiliar and then lost is what Lowe appears to be interested in depicting as it echoes the ebb and flow of "life" itself.
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WILLIAM BURROUGHS 100is the latest display of William Burroughs' visual art at Riflemaker.
The exhibitioe n celebrates what would have been the 100th birthday of the American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, sculptor and spoken word performer.
The works on show at Riflemaker will include his paintings on illustration boards and manila folders, 'stencil' drawings, wooden board sculptures and photography. Just five minutes walk from Riflemaker the exhibition 'Taking Shots' (Burroughs' little known photography work) has just opened at the Photographer's Gallery in Ramillies Street
(off Oxford Street) www.photographersgallery.com
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William Seward Burroughs II (also known by his pen name William Lee; February 5, 1914 - August 2, 1997) was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be "one of the most culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century"
Burroughs' influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. He published eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films.
Norman Mailer: "William Burroughs may be the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius"
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS
'Untitled' (23 Badge)
with 23 bullet holes
black felt marker on canvas (framed) (1993)
100 x 70 cm
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS
fluorescent spraypaint and stencils
on illustration board (1989)
62 x 45 cm
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS
Silver and white acrylic spraypaint
with gun and net stencils on card
58 x 44 cm, framed (1989)
STUART PEARSON WRIGHT
'LOVE & DEATH'
"Stuart Pearson Wright's work is masterly and contemporary, as well as slightly unnerving and surreal" Sarah Howgate, contemporary curator, National Portrait Gallery, London
Stuart Pearson Wright (b. 1975) is considered the most gifted portraitist of his generation with twenty-seven paintings in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery
But Wright refers to his own paintings as 'pseudo portraits' presenting as they do a subject's 'inner state' rather than just an accurate record of their outward appearance. (ref: Phaidon's 'Painting Today' 2013: Stuart Pearson Wright: pages 37, 180, 437, 420).
The works in the new exhibition at Riflemaker, all made within a specially constructed 'blue room' within the artist's studio, offer a view of the human experience. Wright's powers of observation as a reluctant portraitist circumnavigate familiar stereotypes and settings to create genuinely moving and perceptive portraits of real individuals.