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Terminus — William Lowry

Saturday, March 2nd - Wednesday, March 6th, 11am - 4pm daily
Private View: Friday March 1st, 4pm - 6pm

Artist's Sound Performance and Q&A: March 3rd, 6pm - 8pm

Terminus showcases an extensive body of new drawings, sculptures, and original music. It draws on both contemporary and classical imagery to explore existential questions of continuation and finality. Images of hippodromes, racetracks and amphitheatres call to mind the crumbling vestiges of dead empires and civilisations, while depictions of wrestlers, soldiers and sportsmen conjure up associations of control, subjugation and domination. These images, among others, are presented either as spotlit drawings, within backlit-sculptures, or as light projections, forming a complex network of objects both large and small. They sprawl throughout the dimmed gallery space, terminating with a larger installation piece which towers at the far end of the gallery. Meanwhile, an original soundtrack hums in the background, creating an atmosphere which is poignant, hopeful, yet also menacing.

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Born in Oxford, England in 2001, William Lowry graduated with First Class Honours from the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford in 2023. Lowry has exhibited work at Modern Art Oxford, one of the UK’s leading contemporary art spaces, and the Ashmolean Museum. His work was selected for exhibition at the Bodleian Libraries and is also held in the institution’s permanent collection. In 2022 he was included in a group show at the Bi-BOX Art Space in Biella, Italy, and in 2023 his work was featured in AWE + WONDER at the Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank in London. He was awarded a Peter Kirk grant by Trinity College, University of Oxford, to undertake research in Berlin, culminating in a solo exhibition at the college in November. In 2023 he was also awarded the Ashmolean Museum’s Vivien Leigh Prize and the Emery Prize at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. Two of his works are held in the Ashmolean Museum’s permanent collection.


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