Miles Lowry: Breathing Spaces - Solo Show
March 12 - April 12, 2020
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Massey Sales Gallery, Spencer Mansion
You are invited to the Opening Reception: Thursday, March 12 @ 6pm-8:30pm
Breathing Spaces is a solo exhibition of works made during my travels to Ireland. This current series reflects a fresh attention to landscape on the edge of abstraction.
The paintings manifest through complex marks and layers of translucent atmospheres. In some works the brush-marks suggest the meditative yet painstaking detail of mandalas. In other paintings mineral pigments are controlled by the flow of water over the surface. The final surface is a fine coating of bees wax. Each layer combines with the previous to add definition, to create colour tension, and to gesturally define abstract space. These washes assemble into a familiar image. It is the world in a state of becoming visible.
The show also features a few select works from my Crucial Fragment series. Inherently realistic from my casting process, their properties are magnified by the pigments and binders infused into the material, which suggest history and distress. The details of culture, age, race, sexuality, physicality - and the affinities or prejudices that live inside us - are meeting points for the work. My desire is to suggest possible histories even if all that is left are crucial fragments expressive of the here and now.
My aim with Breathing Spaces is to share a time away, an interval and opportunity to be simply present in the world. This is the sense I hold inspired by the Irish countryside in the Spring, at the May time called Bealtaine.