Hammer Museum

Hammer Projects: Molly Lowe

20 Jan - 06 May 2018

Hammer Projects: Molly Lowe
installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Photo: Brian Forrest
20 January – 6 May 2018

Organized by MacKenzie Stevens, curatorial associate

In her newest body of work, Molly Lowe considers the ways in which our image saturated culture is changing our sense of reality and ourselves.

New York–based artist Molly Lowe addresses the ways in which technology has changed how we experience “reality,” relate to other people, and understand our own bodies and identities. In this new body of work, comprised of a series of painted portraits and a large sculptural installation, Lowe considers how the proliferation of images of people we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing on a daily basis on television, social media, and the internet makes us feel simultaneously more connected and more isolated than ever before. Her cast of characters are familiar and yet completely unknowable—trapped in a kind of existential limbo, divorced from reality but still stuck within its inescapable confines. Lowe is skeptical of our hyper-voyeuristic culture, and her work implores us to pause and consider what we really gain from the intimate and often anonymous exchanges technology affords.