2018 NOVEMBER EXHIBIT
Benjamin Lowder is a St. Louis-based artist working with reclaimed wood and vintage metal signage. Lowder is a creative consultant at the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability housed in a Buckminster Fuller designed geodesic dome on the SIUE campus, where both the organization and the structure offer inspiration for his studio practice. A matrix of geometry underpins organic growth as well as mineral crystallization, and to Lowder, working with this geometry is a way of engaging and aligning with the natural world. The presence of the human hand - both that which created an original sign or structure, and that of the artist reworking and manipulating those found materials - is weighted in balance with the perfection of natural geometry, signifying a need for our alignment with its patterns.