Los Angeles

Janice Lowry

Art Space

Janice Lowry’s massive constructed paintings hold beguiling lures carefully chosen to establish an atmosphere of domestic intimacy, childhood revery, and spontaneity, a mood akin to that of the best American folk art. The jagged, rough-cut fish, small animals, dolls, and wooden ladders that appear again and again in her work might divert and undermine her drawing were it not for the vital sense of scale that puts her brightly colored three-dimensional environments back together again. Large, flattened, translucent human figures occupy these angular rooms, intent on their own activities. In The Deal, 1983, for example, the couple seated across from each other are surrounded by brightly painted walls, smaller shadowy figures, and decorative passages of woodwork; as confident within the format as the figures in an early Renaissance altarpiece, they go on with their discussion, settling into

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