"Good ideas should be engaged with until exhaustion." Nate Lowman
Embracing a sense of delinquency in his imagery, the work of american artist Nate Lowman is an emotional exploration of American culture. A tour of his Tribeca studio reveals the found objects symbolizing twenty-first century America: celebrities, yellow smiley faces and bumper stickers. Lowman’s salient source material – both specific and articulate – reveals a fresh sociological study on a particular subset of society. While exploring his own identity, any patriotism for the ‘Land of the Free’ falls to the wayside in Bullet Hole. Paintings from this series are sourced from trompe-l’œil stickers of bullet holes meant to be applied to cars, conjuring up put-on notions of masculinity, menace and aggression. Through reappropriation, Lowman unveils the wider cultural obsession with violence which emerges from the perpetual and ceaseless reciprocity between gun and gang culture. Thematically guided by themes of commerce, death and desire, Lowman’s contemporary Americana is imbued with the culturally absurd.