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.

With Signs & Symbols, his largest show to date, the title hints at meaning that is often left ambiguous. Lines connect and intersect, confounding expectation and creating movement and depth. Colours are unashamedly bright and filled with optimism and life; often clashing.

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.

Rob Lowe
'Ancient Lights' series by Supermundane

‘Ancient Lights’ series by Supermundane

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 and hard edged but it is rooted in humans and what it is to be human.

Rob Lowe

This work celebrates a love of line and colour and how simple choices of composition can effect the way they are viewed.

'Ancient Lights' series by Supermundane

‘Ancient Lights’ series by Supermundane

'Ancient Lights' series by Supermundane

‘Ancient Lights’ series by Supermundane

‘Signs & Symbols’ exhibition continues at The Book Club until 23 November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted on Nov 4th, 15 by | Twitter: @lisahassell

Founder and director of Inkygoodness, Lisa currently heads up sister agency WE ARE GOODNESS, a Birmingham based artist management and creative consultancy, representing a diverse roster of artists globally.

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