Luke Dowd — Inauthentics
Past: October 18 → November 23, 2012
Galerie Jeanrochdard presents inauthentics, the first solo show in France by London-based American artist Luke Dowd.
Luke Dowd’s new group of paintings use close at hand source material: the window, the floor, a computer screen, a studio doodle, strips of paper and an old art catalogue. Working between figuration and abstraction and through slight transformations of the source material, Dowd makes oblique references to art historical modes such as abstract expression, pop art and minimalism. Underlying these images, which combine screen-printing and spray-paint, are notions of origin and authenticity.
Dowd is concerned with the mediation of touch, the replication and processing of gesture and the support: the stretcher (grid) and the canvas (fabric). He works on canvas, employs printmaking processes and contingent applications techniques. Dowd produces the screens and does the printing in his studio. He uses screen-printing as a gestural tool, a painting tool. The canvas is stretched on to lightweight stretchers and the surface is flat. There is a desire for the work to be thin, to physically sit on the surface — but also to shimmer, to invite and deflect.
Luke Dowd was born in New York City and lives and works in London. He received his MFA from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. Dowd has participated in numerous international exhibitions including recent solo shows at Rod Barton, London; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; Galerie Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt; HOTEL, London; The Breeder, Athens and a two-person exhibition with Giles Round at Whitechapel Project Space in London.