BULKY ITEM/CURB ALERT
A location specific study and installation accessing the photographs and collected objects of Sheridan Lowrey
Until April 8th.
Closing reception with Joe Baiza, The Mourners + More...
Many decades ago now, I embarked on a project with James Dean to publish his collection of photography of Abandoned Sofa's. It feels like one of the lost projects of my life. Outsideleft publisher, Lamontpaul featured Dean in one of the earliest articles in outsideleft, right here. Naugahyde opened so many minds. Whence came my affinity for lumbering items on the sidewalk. I am sometimes one of them.
When in San Pedro, one never passes up a chance to see what's happening at Cornelius Projects, the very singular arts hub piloted by Laurie Steelink. There's always something, and invariably that something is great. Right now for about week or so, if you give yo'self a good boot up the ass, and on up and out of that chair, you'll get a chance to see the final throes of Sheridan Lowrey's Curb Alert/Bulky Items show.
Cornelius Projects is situated in the neighborhood district of central San Pedro and is located within a mile radius of the Port of Los Angeles. Echoing the Port’s transport of goods, objects awaiting the department of public sanitation’s “bulky items” collection and/or free-for-the-taking “curb alerts” are commonplace on local streets.
the following two paragraphs are taken from the Cornelius Projects press release because I couldn't write it any better...
Sheridan Lowrey’s photographs of San Pedro’s castoffs allow views into the otherwise shuttered interiors and thus the private lives of city residents by way of objects’ psychological associations, utility and juxtapositions. Included in the survey are collected “curbed” mechanisms of transportation that too are left for “export” amongst the roadside offerings. It is important to note that Lowrey photographs these offerings while en route to shop for herself, as this too is her neighborhood.
In the context of this exhibition, Lowrey’s artistic practice has been a review of the overlaps and exclusions between visual art, architecture, and design history/theory, wherein “use” and “autonomy” are still antagonists. Sheridan uses photography, installation, sculpture and conventional academic writing to pursue history/theory. She has specifically studied Marcel Duchamp and the Readymade, a category of found objects re-contextualized by Duchamp (Bicycle Wheel, 1913/1964, for example). Lowrey has analyzed the Readymade through the lens of disparate discourses up to the current philosophical underpinnings of New Materialism, Speculative Realism, and Object Oriented Ontology.
There's a closing reception on Sunday April 8th, from 3-6pm featuring music from Joe Baiza, The Mourners (who I want to hear) + a few words from the Sheridan and Laurie.