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Robin Lowe

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Robin Lowe takes a diarist’s approach to portraiture, putting a psychological spin on casual encounters with friends and family members. Working from snapshots, he shows ordinary subjects in ordinary contexts but from unexpected angles that reveal the extremities of their personalities.

Painting on wood, Lowe constructs a hyperreal universe from subtle distortions and adept manipulations of color. Garden State/Gary (all works 1994) is particularly goofy. The focal point is not the happy young fellow proudly grinning from a lakeside lawn chair, but the grandly upswept genitals of the dog he holds to his chest. The landscape’s paint-by-numbers aspect is offset by a slightly out of scale, banana-yellow cabana and lake water of an unreal aqua. Merida/Layla, a vacation shot picturing the artist’s sunburned niece sitting at a patio table by a barely visible sea, is even more perverse. Wearing an

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