Jean Lowe is an American pop/conceptual multimedia artist whose work carefully and humorously unpacks the ironies and challenges of our 21st-century culture. Lowe employs wit and satire to create work that is both entertaining and seductive as well as intellectually provocative. Her work revolves around the intersection of popular culture, environmentalism, commerce, politics, and art history.
“Your Place in the Multiverse: Jean Lowe,” now showing at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at USU, is a survey of her work drawn from the past seventeen years featuring many of her most important installations. The exhibition consists of ten separate installations that are primarily comprised of household craft media such as papier-mâché and paint coupled with a sophisticated, literary use of language and a loose painterly style. Room-sized and incorporating artist-made furniture, rugs, and even a piano, these beautifully staged installations are often overwhelming, playing both on sensory overload and the irony of abundance as presented daily in our consumer culture.
Wednesday on Access Utah we’ll talk with Jean Lowe and Katie Lee Koven, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art.