Opening on Thursday, May 12, 2016 in the presence of the artist curator Antoine Marchand, Nate Lowman testifies in his pictorial and sculptural work the American society.
He crosses topical issues and cultural references waste of pop culture, through collages, installations and paintings resulting from a technical very special – recalling printing xerography. He has made in recent years an impressive body of images and everyday objects, from times and very different universe, in which he draws to entangle references, without any hierarchy. However, far from a simple reactivation principles of ownership and retraining enacted by Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol in their time or, more recently, Richard Prince, Nate Lowman seeks above all to tell stories. Within its disparate compositions, no picture takes precedence over another, it is the connections and relationships between images that create a potential storyboard.
The artist does not seek to develop a unique narrative structure, but to intertwine iconographic references that echo, as a whole, in our time. Neither innocent nor really ambiguous, his works are sometimes impregnated with a violent but mostly melancholic and pessimistic tone, although they are also imbued with irony and black humor.
For his exhibition World of Interiors at the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne the first in a French public institution, Nate Lowman presents a set of new works specially produced for the occasion, which reveal new directions in his practice. Indeed, the various paintings exhibited here have all been designed in response to the architecture of the renovated building of the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, while echoing their place of production, in the artist’s studio in Tribeca. With irony that characterizes it, Nate Lowman has considered this exhibition in a relationship between inside and outside, creating and recycling, nature and culture also, somehow.