A new, large-scale collage painting by
-based artist and community organizer Rick
titled Victoria Square Project #1 (2021), was made available for public viewing and direct purchase Friday at Gagosian Gallery’s digital platform.
Lowe, 60, who has recently joined the gallery’s roster of artists, is featured at Gagosian’s “Artist Spotlight” series. A video featuring an interview with Lowe in his Houston studio was released Thursday.
Launched in 2020, Gagosian’s Artist Spotlight takes place once a month, showcasing an individual artist’s new work and selected archival content about the artist. Past featured artists include
Lowe is best known for “dominoes style,” in which he layers paintings in domino shapes; and the Project Row Houses in Houston, which transformed Third Ward, a block and a half of derelict shotgun houses, into a cultural district.
The project is considered an important example of social-practice art, or what artist and German Green Party co-founder
referred to as “social sculpture.”
The Houston project also led Lowe to initiate or participate in other community enterprises throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Watts House Project (1996–2012), an artist-driven redevelopment organization in Los Angeles; RICK LOWE, a collaboration with British architect
on a project for the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park (2005); and Victoria Square Project (2016–), a collaboration with Greek contemporary artist
in Athens’ Victoria Square.
Victoria Square became a hub for refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan in the summer of 2015. Lowe first visited Athens in 2015 and began to collaborate with Papadimitriou on the project.
Victoria Square Project #1 (2021), measuring 96-by-72 inches and related stylistically to his dominoes works, incorporates color photographs of Athens into a dense, active composition that suggests a network of interconnected streets traversing areas of land and bodies of water.
The painting will be only available online until Sunday morning.