Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Artist Becca Lowry Constructs Her Subconscious Using Plywood and Power Tools + FOOD: Cauliflower Crusted Pizza

High Art can begin
at Home Depot!
Art, Painting, Sculpture, Craft 
and Psychology Unite in Artist 
Becca Lowry's Constructions
By Jack A. Atkinson

Artist Becca Lowry, (left) with Gallerist Kate Katin
at Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven,
Art Fair Booth A 12, VOLTA NY 2016.

While strolling through the many Art Fairs of NY during the first week in March, one booth stayed in the forefront of my thoughts the entire time, that being Fred Giampietro Gallery's booth at VOLTA NY 2016, because of their featured artist, Becca Lowry. 

I have known Becca for a few years now. Several years ago, well before she ever thought about having her first exhibition, she invited me to visit her "Yurt" studio in Madison, Connecticut, to see what she was doing. I found her working on the earliest beginnings of this painted plywood and power-tool process. Then her art was smaller, flat, individual sheets of 1/4" plywood, simply routed-out in abstracted lines and shapes and spray painted a solid color, some had a few colors defining the raised areas. 

When I came upon Fred Giampietro Gallery's booth at VOLTA 2016 and saw Becca Lowry's solo installation, I was instantly surprised, excited and intrigued by her mature style! Her artworks have blossomed into exotic and beautiful wooden constructions which are simultaneously: sculptural; painterly; non-objective; patterned; crafty and collaged assemblages. All are colorful, primordial, enigmatic and very organic! 

Becca was present in the booth and explained her current process to me. 

"Generally what happens is I start with a square or rectangular 1/4 inch piece of plywood. I glue several together and begin carving, using power tools. Then I add more wood, front and back, as I need more depth. Other than that, it's all intuitive and the shapes just happen. Each gouge, each line, each shape or form is more a result of the tool I am using than anything else, the process creates the base art. I like most of the results, but what I don't like, I cut out. I glue on more wood and the work continues to grow. 

Recently, I have started using a similar profile shape. During the process, I may decide to collage-in some woven wire or a found metal object. Finally I paint the surfaces and patterns intuitively! The art is non-objective and there's no plan at the beginning, but when people want me to explain, I call them shields... with holes in them."

Becca Lowry's constructions are unconscious stories from deep with-in her soul. These images are their own language and the viewers seem to always create their own stories of what they see. This interaction and invitation for a private, personal narrative is the most intriguing aspect of Becca Lowry's art! 

What do you see?

Becca Lowry, April 2014 from Gorky's Granddaughter on Vimeo.

(Source: Original Photography by ARTSnFOOD staff, + images courtesy of Fred Giampietro Gallery + video & photos from Becca Lowry's website.)

Cauliflower Crust
Better Than Wheat Flour Crust?
You be the judge! 

Ingredients for Cauliflower Pizza Crust:
1 cup riced cauliflower
1 1/2 cups mozzarella
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 egg
olive oil

For Topping

1 1/2 cups mozzarella
sun-dried tomatoes

* Pulse one head of chopped cauliflower into chunks in a food processor until it looks like grain (or buy prepared riced cauliflower).
* In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup of riced cauliflower, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, pinch oregano, pinch garlic salt and a raw large egg.
* Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Pat the mixture out into a 9-inch circle. 
* Brush with olive oil, and bake for 15 minutes in a pre-heated 450º oven.
* Top your pizza with 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, artichokes.
* Broil for 3-4 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

(Source: "My Recipe")

Until later,

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