Installation shots for Mosaics, the first solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Roy Dowell. The exhibition runs March 26 - April 30 at TIF SIGFRIDS.
Dowell is presenting for the first time a series of five mosaics based on his collage work, a familiar aspect of his practice for over 30 years. In these collages, he draws from a variety of sources, often times espied and/or collected on his frequent travels to Mexico and elsewhere, and carefully pieces together an amalgamation of painterly brushstrokes and materials to contend with pictorial space creating images of diverse parts and references.
In this new body of work, Dowell takes a more collaborative approach and infers new meaning from our understanding of the word collage, here suggesting that it might extend beyond the physical realm and into the personal. The mosaics in this new body of work are all representations of his collages, envisioned on a larger scale and made in collaboration with trained artisans interpreting and transforming Dowell's paper into glass. In this almost alchemical exchange, absorption is now replaced with reflection and light.