I want the sculpture to inform me and surprise me, not to be logical. I don't want to be able to predict what will happen…
Internationally acclaimed sculptor Jeff Lowe was a student of 'The New Generation' of British sculptors that emerged in the 1960s. Studying at the Saint Martin's School of Art from 1971-75, under the esteemed tutelage of William Tucker, Philip King and Anthony Caro, Lowe inherited the New Generation's experimentation of industrial materials, along with an interest in releasing the sculpture from the confines of the plinth so that it could inhabit the viewer's personal space.
He first exhibited in 1974, when the status of sculpture was fiercely debated. Did it even need to be physical? Was 'modernist' sculpture still a feasible proposition? Amidst the fierce debates of that time, Lowe had to come up with a credible response. His work was insistently physical. The constant scrutiny have him the resilience to work independently; it has propelled him from phase to phase ever since.
Object Lessons accompanies the exhibition of the same name: Jeff Lowe's first solo exhibition at Pangolin London. The book and exhibition aim to explore Lowe's prolific and experimental output over the past four decades, and its enduring integrity. An introduction by James Faure Walker describes the details of Lowe's sculptural career and its relationship within the debates around sculpture in the 70s. Over seventy full-colour photographs and illustrations present Lowe's diverse output, and other works.