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Contemporary Art Archive 6: Geoff Lowe - A Constructed World

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


02 Jul 1997 to 24 Aug 1997

Curator: Sue Cramer

about the exhibition

This exhibition of works from the Contemporary Art Archive (CAA) was shown as part of the exhibition International Multiples. The CAA is a collection which does not emphasise the ‘masterpiece’ as the artist’s singular and most important statement, but is comprised of original material by artists that reveals the broader field of ideas and concerns from which works of art emerge. The formation of the CAA in the very early stages of the MCA as an institution reflected a commitment to investigative and experimental art.

Geoff Lowe’s practice is concerned with the multiple narratives we use to construct and understand our world. He is concerned with how individuals and societies tell their stories; how we shape and retell what we have witnessed, and image this through art. Influenced by post-structuralism and psychoanalysis, Lowe explores how reality is perceived through cultural models.

This exhibition included self-contained or ‘complete’ works of art alongside more informal works not originally intended for exhibition, including polaroids, sketches, models and publications. There were also a number of found objects gathered by the artist, including guitars and a speaker box, many of which had previously appeared as subjects in Lowe’s paintings. The presentation of the objects as a tableau allowed the viewer to understand something of the artist’s thought processes, and the vitrines stacked on top of one another were a playful subversion of the conventions of display.