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Nate Lowman

Maccarone | 630 Greenwich Street

In his second solo show at Maccarone, Nate Lowman presented an exhibition in two parts, the first of which devolved on the Smiley Face icon. This installation consisted mostly of paintings that clustered tightly on two walls of the gallery’s expansive front room. The artist’s obsessive elaboration of the Smiley Face icon in multifarious guises and contexts derives from its original appearance in his inaugural solo show. Lowman then exhibited a painting of the signature of O. J. Simpson taken from a letter Simpson sent to fans shortly after his arrest—“Peace and Love O. J.” Within the O of his signature, the sports hero and alleged double murderer penned the line and two dots that figure the typical Smiley Face. The handwritten Smiley becomes a flourish within the signature, although the slippage in meaning from sanguine to disingenuous to deranged is precipitous. The bullet-hole painting

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