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Footage of Tristin Lowe 
Tristin Lowe, Comet: Grace, 2012. Neon, glass, transformers, aluminum, steel, 24 x 74 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia.

Tristin Lowe, during his 2011 residency at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia.
Footage of Tristin Lowe's installation, Comet: Grace, (2012) -- currently featured at FWM.
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Tristin Lowe, Comet: Grace, 2012. Neon, glass, transformers, aluminum, steel, 24 x 74 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia.

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Tristin Lowe, during his 2011 residency at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia.

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Tristin Lowe:

Tristin Lowe – Comet: Grace, 2012, and Giandomenico Cassini (1625-1712): Lunacy #2, 2014

February 21, 2014–Early Spring 2014

Opening Reception:
 
Throughout his career, Tristin Lowe has mined the crude and rude, the absurd and abject, and the mundane and metaphysical in pursuit of tentative answers to deep questions about our place in the universe and the meaning of existence. Playing the role of the garage hobbyist cum alchemist, Lowe employs jerry-rigged technology transforming humble objects that rise above the quotidian and venture into the realms of the philosophical, the scientific, and the occult. Lowe makes drawings from greasepaint and fire; utilizes edible materials such as butter, chocolate, and alcohol in the creation of comically pathetic installations (beds that wet themselves, pillows that smoke); and crafts large-scale sculptures of animate and inanimate things using an assortment of materials including wood, frost, metal, inflatable plastic, textile, felt, and neon. Over the past fifteen years, Lowe’s sculptures have ranged from a pheromone-emitting, musky, hairy creature (Pheromone Trailing, 1998) to a two-story folding chair (Folding Deck Chair, 2004) to a life-size replica of an albino sperm whale made from inflated plastic and felt (Mocha Dick, 2009), among an array of others. Mocha Dick was created during Lowe’s second residency at The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
 
Artist Statement courtesy of the artist and Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia.
 
Lowe is also the focus of an exhibition at Fleisher/Ollman (1216 Arch Street, 5A), Philadelphia. Tristin Lowe: Exile Sun, on view Friday, February 21–Saturday, April 5, 2014.

 

 





Bio
American, born 1966, lives in Philadelphia

Tristin Lowe studied art at the Parson School of Design in New York from 1984 until 1986, before moving to Boston to complete his BFA in sculpture at the Massachusetts College of Art (1987–1990). He has been awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2012), Pew Fellowship in the Arts (sculpture) (1994-95), a Provincetown Fine Art Work Center Fellowship (1990-01), and in 1989, a Fellowship at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME. Lowe was Artist-in-Residence at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (1998, 2009, and 2011), Philadelphia, PA; Girard College (2003-04), Philadelphia, PA; and at the Rosenbach Museum and Library (1998), Philadelphia, PA. In 2001, he received the Louis Fernley Award.

He has exhibited his work extensively in Philadelphia at venues including The Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Fleisher/Ollman, Vox Populi, Girard College, and the Rosenbach Museum and Library. He has exhibited nationally and internationally at Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; New Langton Arts, San Francisco; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; and the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Switzerland. He was co-founder and co-director of the non-profit gallery Blohard. Lowe’s work is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, The West Collection, and the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper.