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Geoff Lowe

Sutton Gallery

Geoff Lowe’s visits to Vietnam, in 1991 and 1992, are reflected in three groups of work: straightforward drawings and gouaches of Hanoi, Halong Bay, and the Mekong River; the banners and posters he made to advertise his exhibition in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City; and, finally, complex paintings that hybridize the experience of Vietnam. In these, he memorializes two types of cultural milieu: those of an Edenic assembled world of friends and family; and the constructed world of nostalgia, which for Lowe exists as a series of memories of the ’60s and ’70s. Lowe’s impressive paintings, A Constructed World I (Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), 1992, and A Constructed World II (Bay Gio), 1992, are tableaux of a staged world of friends, artists and, in the latter picture, his Vietnamese hosts. Both paintings pastiche the Sergeant Pepper cover. In the first painting, instead of rock stars,

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