3835 Campus Drive
Architecture Building (145 ARC)
College Park, MD 20742
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, December 3rd, 6:00 pm, Kibel Gallery
24-Hour Exhibition: One and Three United States
One and Three United States is an expanded semiotic triangle designed to reframe the entire United States as readymade. Repurposing the drier seminal conceptualism of Joseph Kosuth as a strategy with which to build an aesthetic object beyond the limits of direct sense perception, One and Three United States is only meaningfully experienced when both the viewer and the work’s physical wall mounted components are located within the United States. Using a room sheet as paratextual support, Lowry offers the viewer a map of the United States, a definition of the United States, and an appropriated “cultural projection (nation) over found geological formations and Indigenous nations” complete with material measurements and sale price (based on current US GDP).
Gallery Talk: Art and the Limits of Specificity
This presentation will trace a conceptually driven artistic practice that employs strategies of concealed quotation designed to operate at the limits of recognition and specificity (www.seanlowry.com). After discussing exhibited outcomes ranging from overpainted wall paintings to dematerialized art and subliminally inflected pop music, this presentation will explore aesthetics after conceptualism, artistic production after postmodernism, and the evolution of peer reviewed project space for art at the outermost limits of location-specificity (projectanywhere.net).
Sean Lowry is a Sydney-based visual artist, musician and writer. Lowry holds a PhDin Visual Arts from The University of Sydney and currently teaches in the School ofCreative Arts at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Lowry has exhibited,performed and presented extensively both nationally and internationally and hispublished writing appears in numerous journals and edited volumes. Lowry’sconceptually driven artistic practice employs strategies of concealed quotationdesigned to operate at the limits of recognition and specificity. Lowry's artisticpractice ranges from overpainted wall painting to dematerialized conceptualism, subliminally inflected electronic music, strategies of détournement, expandedpainting, sound and video. His research interests include art after appropriation,dematerialized practice, aesthetics after conceptualism, expanded painting, artisticproduction after postmodernism, creative arts research and pedagogy, and the role ofsound in visually centered cultural formations. Lowry is also the Founder andExecutive Director of Project Anywhere: Art At The Outermost Limits Of Location-Specificity (projectanywhere.net) – a global exhibition model and research platform inwhich the role of curator is replaced with the type of peer review model typicallyendorsed by a refereed journal. From September to December 2014, Lowry will beVisiting Scholar/Artist at the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons TheNew School for Design in New York.