Steven Lowery

Selected works by Steven Lowery

Steven Lowery
Night People vs Creeping Meatballism

2003

Mixed media on paper

29 x 20.5 cm

CHICKEN IN A BASKET. OUR SURVEY SAID. IT’S NOT EASY BEING A DOLPHIN. In Steven Lowery’s drawings, snippets of overheard language crash and slide together, trying to squeeze each other out of the picture. Fragments from stand up routines run up against slogans from adverts; conversations overheard in the post office queue or in the pub share space with song lyrics and mad neologisms. The effect is one of visual noise, compounded by Lowery’s blazing, psychedelic palette, somewhat comparable to 1960s rock posters that aimed to find a visual correlative for the trippy tunes they sought to promote.
Lowery has discussed the influence of music in his work, from the free jazz of Ornette Coleman to the free form rants and non-sequiturs of The Fall’s Mark E Smith. The atmosphere in Lowery’s work, though, as in some of The Fall’s records, is one of overwhelmed and exhausted despair.
ANY OLD CRAP IN ANY OLD ORDER, says one line, like the perplexed words of a critic spat back in furious sarcasm. One work, Fulcrum Grafter Masher, is dominated by a line from Tony Hancock’s suicide note: THINGS JUST WENT WRONG TOO MANY TIMES. That might be a way of summarising what Lowery calls his “desperate dissatisfaction” with the world of popular culture (“hate-fostering tabloids, listless reality TV”), but it’s also a disingenuous attitude: there’s a wild creative energy driving Lowery’s work that might be called, though cautiously, a celebration.

Steven Lowery
Knave Brew World

2003

Mixed media on paper

29 x 20.5 cm
Steven Lowery
Can Tongues Jump Through Hoops

2003

Mixed media on paper

29 x 20.5 cm
Steven Lowery
Its Not Easy Being a Dolphin

2003

Mixed media on paper

29 x 20.5 cm
Steven Lowery
Fulcrum Grafter Masher

2003

Mixed media on paper

29 x 20.5 cm
Steven Lowery
Up the Down Escalator

2003

Mixed media on paper

29 x 20.5 cm
Steven Lowery
Gnashins Still in Fashion

2003

Biro on paper

29 x 20.5 cm
Steven Lowery
Fed-Ex to Munchen

2003

Mixed media on paper

29 x 20.5 cm
Steven Lowery
You should Never Spit in the Faces of Strangers only in the Mouths of Friends

2003

Mixed media on paper

29 x 20.5 cm
Steven Lowery
I am the King

2003

Mixed media on paper

29 x 20.5 cm

Text by Ben Street


Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional information and images – Steven Lowery

artnet.com
Various other resources and images – Steven Lowery

newcontemporaries.org.uk
New Contemporaries -representing gallery with exhibition details

drawingcenter.org
Previous exhibitions and images