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Francesca Lowe at Riflemaker

August 8, 2012 by Kay

BOOK-CUTS & TREE-CUTS Until 11 August at Riflemaker

Corona (2012) Book Cut from 'Christie's New York, Post War' catalogue from Nov 2001 27 x 42.5 cm. Museum UV protection box-frame

Expanding on themes established in her large-scale paintings, Francesca Lowe's 'tree-cuts' and 'book-cuts' are created by cutting into a complete, already-published book or magazine. As with Lowe's canvases, the cut books rely on layering, but while painted images are layered though a process of building up, the book-cuts come into being by deleting content already there.

Expander (2012) Book-cut from 'High Art - A History of the Psychedelic Poster' by Ted Owen 27 x 42.5 cm. Museum UV protection box-frame

Working from back to front, irrelevant or unimportant material is cut out, page by page, creating a new 'sculptural' appearance and a new multi-image. The knife becomes an eraser, removing information while simultaneously allowing a new form to emerge, constructed out of the residue of the book's contents.

The Wall (2012) Book-cut from 'Graffito' by Michael Walsh 27 x 42.5 cm. Museum UV protected box-frame

Francesca Lowe (b. London 1979) graduated from the Royal Academy Schools in 2004. Widely exhibited, she represented the UK in the Beijing Biennale at the National Arts Museum in 2009. She won the Red Mansion Prize in 2003, and the Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award for Fine Art in 2004. Her work explores the human journey through life and time. Lowe's previous solo exhibitions at Riflemaker were Terminus, a collaboration with the novelist Alasdair Gray (2008), and HEADLAND: Woman In A Landscape (2011).

For more information on this exhibition, see the Riflemaker website.

To see Francesca Lowe's work with Other Criteria, please click here.