Art is no fringe attached to the garment, and no amusement that is added to life, but a most serious power in our present existence.
Abraham Kuyper


Lowly, Tim: Trying to Get a Sense of Scale

Book Review

Tim Lowly: Trying to Get a Sense of Scale, North Park University, 2013.

by Kevin Hamilton (including an interview with Tim Lowly)

This book - Trying to Get a Sense of Scale – Tim Lowly - was published in conjunction with an exhibition by the same title at the Visual Arts Center of the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Both the exhibition and the book are retrospective in nature, presenting works by Tim Lowly from the last 27 years. Both the exhibition and the book also focus on work related to a single subject: Tim’s daughter Temma. As a newborn infant Temma had a cardiac arrest, and the ensuing brain damage rendered her life as one on the margins of “normal” human existence. To some such a life might appear limited in significance, but this body of work by Tim Lowly suggests otherwise. The work is multifarious in conceptual intent, and is in conversation with multiple traditions of art while engaging ideas as diverse as identity, beauty, power, being, attentiveness, sight, blindness, time, presence, absence, liminality, touch, representation, spirituality, collaboration, and community. In that spirit, the book occasioned a gathering of heterogeneous approaches to writing about art.