Supermundane ‘Signs & Symbols’ at The Book Club
Rob Lowe – aka Supermundane – is known for bold, bright graphic artworks and illustrations comprised of simple geometric shapes.
For Signs & Symbols – his largest show to date – he’s pared back his work even further, but there’s still a clear sense of narrative possibility that means that they’re not entirely abstract.
The Book Club show includes his new series of prints, Ancients Lights, that resemble windows – but with optical illusions that appear to let the world outside intrude inside.
When planning these works a lot of time is spent adding and taking away lines and colours. The slight movement of one line or altering the colour of a single element can be the different between a piece working or not working.
A site-specific nine meter mural, painted using Lowe’s visual language, will work with the interior architecture to define the space. Elsewhere, torn fragments of work will be rearranged in a large scale painting inspired by trips to the British museum and pieces of pottery displayed out of their original context. A new series of screen prints called ‘Ancient Lights’ will use four rectangles to hint at windows with simple lines used to create illusions of indoor and outdoor space.
I want the work I make to have a physical effect on the viewer. I don’t want to make passive work. The work is very graphic, hard edged but it is rooted in humans and what it is to be human.
This work celebrates a love of line and colour and how simple choices of composition can effect the way they are viewed.