Rather than the traditional glass or stone, Lowder’s mosaics are composed of reclaimed wood, often sourced from barns, and metal signage—materials that reflect his Midwestern milieu. In some, bits of hand-lettered typography appear in a reorganized jumble. It’s like looking at an old country store through a kaleidoscope. And yet, references to religious icons and celestial phenomena suggest a sort of spiritual geometry, taking Lowder’s compositions beyond remixed Americana. They’re more reminiscent of the diagrams in illuminated medieval manuscripts.Read More
"The best art is channeled through people who can tap into what Carl Jung called 'collective unconscious.' This is also true of the best advertising and marketing efforts—something artist Benjamin Lowder is well aware of after years of working in the industry... The work in “Phoneme” is all about transmuting the old, outdated, and unsustainable messages from advertising into something that promotes abundance." - Dustin Clendenen for Elephant JournalRead More
"Exponentially greater than the sum of their parts, Benjamin Lowder’s reconfigurations of elements culled from vintage metal ads and reclaimed wood resemble mandalas, totems, and auric power portals. With a melancholy futurism and a sustainable-practice agenda, Lowder has been steadily exploring the universe of possibilities derived from this process..." - Shana Nys Dambrot, art critic and writer for The Huffington PostRead More
Open Mind Art Space is pleased to present our new featured artist, Jann Pollard. A collection of her beautiful paintings can be viewed exclusively on our Artsy page.
Frequent trips to Europe enable Jann to capture the feeling and sense of the subjects she paints with a fresh vibrant handling of the medium. Light and texture are primary to her compositions in which she captures the essence and feeling of the many places seen and travelled.
"My love of art and travel, combined with a study of old world architecture is a never-ending inspiration for me. I see light, color, shapes and a moment in time that evoke a feeling that I want to capture in my paintings." - Jann PollardRead More
"...the meaningfulness of Lowder’s practice is expressed in his particular relationship to found, reclaimed, and otherwise sustainable materials, and in his instinct to orient buildings and land-use works according to the lay lines of the earth, organic resource distribution and the pathways of the stars. His recombinant visual aesthetic is painterly without gesture, literal without imagery, abstract without disorder, and animated by the symbols of man and nature." - Shana Nys Dambrot, art critic and writer for Huffington Post