The Laguna Art Museum will present two new exhibitions this spring, Your Place in the Multiverse by Jean Lowe and Striking Figures by Francis De Erdely.

“We are thrilled to bring these exhibits highlighting two leading California artists, Jean Lowe and Francis De Erdely, to the museum this spring,” said Julie Perlin Lee, executive director of the Laguna Art Museum. “Each artist has their own way of capturing the human condition specific to their time and place. Striking Figures is an important exhibition because it highlights the work of a lesser-known artist who connects us to diverse people and culture. California history.”

Opening March 19, Your Place in the Multiverse is a survey of Lowe’s work drawn from the past twenty years, highlighting many of his most important installations, as well as new work. Primarily comprised of home-made, handcrafted media, Lowe’s beautifully staged installations are often overwhelming, playing on both sensory overload and the irony of abundance as presented daily in our consumer culture. Your Place in the Multiverse is organized by the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University and is made possible with support from the Segerstrom Foundation.

Lowe creates art infused with an exclusive blend of ironic wit, visual seduction and incisive cultural criticism. Working in sculpture, painting and installation, Lowe draws us into elaborate reconstructions of our own value systems, empowering, entertaining and involving us all at once. Lowe received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego, where she also served as a lecturer until 2008. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Cincinnati Center for Contemporary Art. Your Place in the Multiverse, was recently presented at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University.

On May 14, the museum will present Striking Figures: The Work of Francis De Erdely, which will be the first major exhibition of De Erdely’s work. Highlighting De Erdely’s timeless ability to portray the simple grace of ordinary people, Striking Figures portrays musicians, dancers, laborers and social outsiders as a way to address issues of race, culture and social strata in the world. southern California. Striking Figures is curated by the Laguna Art Museum and curated by Alissa Anderson Campbell. A catalog will be published to accompany the exhibition.

Known for his social realist paintings of ordinary people, De Erdely was a classically trained European painter who moved to the United States during World War II and went on to create some of the most striking figurative paintings in California art. His depictions are historical documents of the time, expertly painted with a poignancy that remains relevant today. De Erdely has been included in over twenty books on mid-century Los Angeles painters.

For more on Your Place in the Multiverse by Jean Lowe and Striking Figures by Francis De Erdely at the Laguna Art Museum, visit lagunaartmuseum.org.

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