Tristin Lowe/Richard Harrod

Blohard Gallery

After a year of presenting some of the more engaging shows in Philadelphia, artists Richard Harrod and Tristin Lowe’s Blohard Gallery recently closed. What distinguished Blohard from the start was the simple but remarkable idea of only showing artists from other cities, particularly New York. For local artists, who both benefit and suffer from their proximity to New York, this arrangement extended their possibilities of seeing and being seen. Such was the vision of Harrod and Lowe, and something of the shared sensibility that allowed them to sustain Blohard for a year is apparent in their parting gesture, an exhibition of their own work.

Lowe’s project continues to develop an imagined world of symbolic characters, here drawn from a private, homespun stock. Always sensitive to the spectacular/intimate dichotomy of shifting scale, Lowe constructed Blue Mountain (all works 1999), a twelve-foot-high

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