‘swank’: artist plugs in new car gallery exhibit in l. a. jolla

by way of parking a new immersive show off in la jolla, artist jean lowe hopes to power home an interesting experience for visitors.

lowe’s solo set up “swank” opens with a reception at four p.m. saturday, oct. 1, at quint gallery, 7655 girard ave.

lowe will convert the gallery space into an “unauthorized vehicle dealership,” the centerpiece of which is the “swank tank,” an 18-foot papier mache sculpture of an electric hummer truck.

the set up will characteristic gallery body of workers appearing as automobile salespeople, a collection of their pix and different paintings by means of lowe and her husband, kim macconnel.

there additionally may be seating regions and a bar.

lowe, who lives in encinitas, stated “the complete set up is supposed to evoke the feeling of a excessive-cease vehicle dealership.” she said she visited the gmc dealer in escondido for proposal.

the “swank tank,” a “unfastened replica” of the gmc hummer ev pickup, “embodies opposing commitments,” lowe stated, as the car is modeled on a “9,000-pound electric powered vehicle.”

“it signals ‘do-gooders’ … but also ‘bling’,” she stated.

the installation might be related to one at quint gallery’s booth at the l. a. jolla art & wine pageant on saturday and sunday, oct. 8-nine, for which lowe has created a smaller automobile, a smart ev, on a rotating platform.

the automobile’s registration code reads “think huge.”

the pageant entry also could have a overall performance issue, with a person performing as a automobile salesclerk inviting visitors into the space.

“i’m often form of a literalist,” lowe said. “so i notion, ‘what would i do for avenue space?’”

she stated she desired the competition set up to be some thing humans “should enjoy out in the road however also inspire people to come on into the gallery.”

each installations are “open to … ambiguity,” lowe said. “i am hoping it’s entertaining and funny and aesthetically attractive. if the viewer looks like mucking through the weeds, i suppose interesting conceptual ideas are there.”

she said she wants her show to be welcoming, with “some sucker punches in among the laughs.”

lowe has been doing installation paintings “for the reason that i clearly began running as an artist,” following her master’s diploma in excellent arts from uc san diego in los angeles jolla in 1988.

“a variety of my installations cope with staging,” she said. “i love growing an environment wherein the art object is not this unmarried framed detail alone on a wall however more just like the viewer movements through the work and reviews it physically.”

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