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Rebecca Lowry, Rouged Water (Regard), 2010, installed on Larrabee Street, West Hollywood, CA.

Rebecca Lowry

Marina Cain Gallery

Rebecca Lowry, Rouged Water (Regard), 2010, installed on Larrabee Street, West Hollywood, CA.

Los Angeles–based artist Rebecca Lowry champions an openness, even a generosity, of interpretation. In the artist’s statement that accompanied this exhibition, she writes, “The goal is simply to stimulate thought and provoke new understanding,” identifying one of her intentions as to render “meaning wholly inaccessible while leaving suggestions of its presence.” From such hermeneutic elasticity emerge accordingly motley works. Described as “object poems,” the dozen on view here were made of materials ranging from the customary (graphite, ink, and glue) to the arcane (magnetic videotape, eighteen-karat gold, and kumkum powder) and assumed a range of forms—some were flat and petite, while other, more sculptural pieces hung variously from the wall or ceiling or were displayed on a low pedestal.

Lowry’s approach is to take what one might call, with the full theoretical connotations

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