Galerie Jean-Roch Dard, 13 rue des Arquebusiers, 75003 Paris
October 18 - November 21, 2012

Galerie Jeanrochdard is pleased to present inauthentics, the first solo show
in France by London-based American artist Luke Dowd.
Luke Dowd’s new group of paintings use close at hand source material: the
window, the floor, a computer screen, a studio doodle, strips of paper and
an old art catalogue. Working between figuration and abstraction and through
slight transformations of the source material, Dowd makes oblique references
to art historical modes such as abstract expression, pop art and minimalism.
Underlying these images, which combine screen-printing and spray-paint, are
notions of origin and authenticity.
Dowd is concerned with the mediation of touch, the replication and
processing of gesture and the support: the stretcher (grid) and the canvas
(fabric). He works on canvas, employs printmaking processes and contingent
applications techniques. Dowd produces the screens and does the printing in
his studio. He uses screen-printing as a gestural tool, a painting tool. The
canvas is stretched on to lightweight stretchers and the surface is flat.
There is a desire for the work to be thin, to physically sit on the surface
- but also to shimmer, to invite and deflect.
Luke Dowd was born in 1970 in New York City and lives and works in London.
He received his MFA from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. Dowd has
participated in numerous international exhibitions including recent solo
shows at Rod Barton, London; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; Galerie Jacky
Strenz, Frankfurt; HOTEL, London; The Breeder, Athens and a two-person
exhibition with Giles Round at Whitechapel Project Space in London.

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