Literature has always been an important influence for Robin Lowe. Two books that certainly inspired the recurring depiction of roads are Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon's memoir of a three-month solo journey around the US, travelling only on country roads dating from the 1940's; and Neville Shute's post-apocalyptic novel, On the Beach–portraying a world soon to be devoid of life.Read More
While Lowe's earlier work is often filled with children, friends, and even mythical creatures such as elves and gnomes, the road paintings are empty of humans, yet derive their energy from the twists, turns, or undulations that the viewer"s eye follows along each pathway. Each painting or drawing recedes for an incalculable distance, harking back to classical Renaissance vanishing points. It is easy to read poetically into what a road could symbolise–one's personal journey, whether it be the present moment or the entire series of outcomes from one's choices which culminate into a lifetime, or perhaps our collective journey, as we are all in this experience called life, together and yet alone.
Ultimately, the viewer is confronted with the mystery each road represents. Where do these roads lead? To a home? To a specific destination? To the end of existence? To nowhere? To a new beginning?
Text courtesy Reflex Amsterdam.
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