New York

Jean Lowe and Kim MacConnel

Holly Solomon Gallery

Kim MacConnel and Jean Lowe’s recent installation Bull Story (all works 1995) took me back to last summer when, driving through an isolated pasture down South, I came upon a family of cows. All but the big black bull moved out of my path. The bull’s eyes were rimmed with red, as if it had a hangover, its nose covered with buzzing flies. I sat in the car and watched the flies while the bull tried to stare me down. We sat like this until one of the cows swooshed its tail a certain way and the bull reluctantly moved off with her, casting a distrustful look in my direction. Clearly, they wanted to be left alone.

MacConnel and Lowe’s show delivered much the same message, with an eco-conscious, highly decorative twist. A mythographic installation that amounted to a call for kindness to cattle and non-Western cultural traditions, it featured MacConnel’s strangely stirring neo-Impressionist paintings

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