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re. Rainbow Girl--new work by Tim Lowly*

August 24th-September 18th, 2015

re. Rainbow Girl, Tim Lowly’s current exhibition at the NEIU gallery*, takes his 30-year project centered on his daughter Temma down a seemingly unlikely path.  Temma is one our culture categorizes as “profoundly disabled” and as such seems like an odd choice to play the super heroine, but that appears to be the implication of the exhibition’s title.  In setting up pictorial conversations with (usually) well-known European paintings, Lowly reflects on who Temma is (as opposed to who she isn’t: the problematic and definitive focus of the notion of “disability”).  As with other work that Lowly has made related to Temma, his intentions are multivalent: including approaching painting as a kind of material poetry and as catalysts for viewers' self-reflection.

*This is Tim Lowly’s first solo exhibition in Chicago since 2010.

Artist Talk: Wednesday September 16th, 12pm

Closing reception: Friday September 18th, 6-9pm

Music in the gallery:

September 8 @ 7:30 - Live performance by Baby Mountain in the NEIU gallery.

Baby Mountain is a Tim Lowly orchestrated music project which, like his painting, takes as it's conceptual muse his daughter Temma.  The resulting for-the-most-part acoustic music tends to be ethereal, soulful, playful and poetic.

This performance will feature NIEU faculty member, clarinetist Christie Miller. 

Feel free to bring a quilt to hang out on the gallery floor!

In conjunction with this exhibition Lowly's work, Without Moving (after Guy Chase), is on view in the Student Union for the duration of the exhibition. 

This is project involves an on-going participatory component in which the dark gray field of the painting surrounding the central figure is slowly being covered by a meticulously painted field of black dots. The dots are being applied by the artist Tim Lowly and other participants whenever the painting is exhibited.  A record of the number of dots is kept on the sides of the panel: one hatch mark for every 100 dots. This performance / action component of the work only takes place during the course of the work's exhibition when Tim is present.

The parameters for the dot painting are quite simple:

1) paint dots that are achievable by a single touch of the brush (eg no large dots)

2) paint dots starting in conjunction with an area of dots that have been painted previously

3) it is inevitable that the dots will have some sort of pattern or structure, but do not make symbols or pictures

4) paint dots so they are close to each other but not touching

5) count the dots

The last two directives are of significance central to the work in that the action of the dot painter is thus quite focused and intentional. This character lends a keen sense of the individual's presence to the project in the resulting surface marks. The pattern of each person's dot painting is "improvised", but in a very responsive way.

Tim Lowly will be here to paint dots on the following dates and times.  Anyone is welcome to participate (a minimum time commitment of 30 minutes).

Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 4 – 6 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 1 – 3 pm

Thursday, Sept. 3 from 4 – 6 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 4 – 6 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 1 – 3 pm

Thursday, Sept. 10 from 4 – 6 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 4 – 6 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 1 – 3 pm

Thursday, Sept. 17 from 4 – 6 pm

All events are free and open to the public



Please call the gallery at 773-442-4944 for hours and more information.  You can get to the gallery by entering Building E or the Fine Arts Building.  It is best to park in Parking Lot F (adjacent to the parking garage).  With the exception of a reception when parking is free, there is a $5 fee to park on campus.  However, street parking is free and available.

Fall Gallery hours are as follows:

Mondays and Wednesdays: 10-5; Fridays 11-5

Until further notice the gallery will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays



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