Bill Lowe Gallery presents Avian, an examination of the animalistic, resilient and transcendent qualities of the human body, in a one-person exhibition of life-size sculpture by American sculptor Susannah Zucker. The works comprising this show are anatomically driven and involve layering of animalistic, medical and/or fetishistic overtones. The compilation of elements illustrates the human body’s potential to exceed the limitations of conventional physicality.

Susannah Zucker depicts the human body as a vehicle for transformation by combining natural objects that bestow bird-like qualities to them. The wing-like appendages made of bones and antlers offer a testament to the animal aspects of human nature. Zucker explores the instinctual desires and fascinations that often drive us in ways we cannot understand or perceive. A subtle eroticism of feathers and furs is woven into the exhibition's tapestry, filling in the visceral range of the sculptures by making the body a vessel of sensation and pleasure.

Ed Nash was born in Letchworth Garden City, England in 1976. Like several members of the British Post-Impressionist movement who visited, lived and painted in Letchworth, Ed was inspired by the towns amalgamation of urban and rural life and its focus on visual beauty in the town environment.

In his paintings, Ed Nash explores his response to modern day society’s new perspective on visual perfection. They seek to celebrate and glorify the patina produced through the passage of time and exposure to the elements. This collection of work boldly embraces the journey – finding beauty in the imperfections, the cracks and crevices acquired along the way.

Thomas Swanston celebrates the splendor of nature by mixing organic imagery with opulent color. Swanston’s latest series references landscape traditions using silver, gold and copper leaf to form the contour of birds and vegetation placed upon a hazy, soft pastel background. The subject matter of his paintings is energetic and decisive in one sense, yet yielding in another. Swanston’s work is the end result of an omnivorous search for meaning, and emerges from a love of many seemingly disparate elements. Swanston harnesses the spirituality of the natural world through close observation of the timeless rhythms that inform it.

 

 


The philosophical architecture of Bill Lowe Gallery is built upon a reverence for the alchemical nature of artistic expression. Our vision honors the profoundly spiritual nature of visual language and the role it can play in affecting paradigm shifts at both a personal and societal level.

It is with this recognition that we have assembled a world-class stable of artists who intuitively have their fingers on the pulse of the Universe. Their expression is not an ironic or satirical look at the human condition. Instead, the gallery’s program presents powerful, content-driven works that utilize technical mastery and a visual eloquence to transform the human heart and soul at intimate levels.

For our collectors, the gallery is an oasis of beauty. Of civility. Of contemplation. This is coupled with a dynamism informed by a world view rooted in metaphysics, spirituality, philosophy, psychology and biology. Bill Lowe Gallery is a transformative experience that forever enlightens those who experience it. The gallery facilitates interaction between a broad cross-section of our community with an exotic array of artistic voices and languages to amplify and expand an unfolding cultural conversation.

Bill Lowe Gallery has become an institution in our region. We are widely considered the pre-eminent contemporary art gallery in the Southern United States. Our long presence in Los Angeles has fueled a kinetic dialogue between the East and West coasts. We approach the next decade of our mandate with clarity, commitment and excitement.



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