Rather than the traditional glass or stone, Lowder’s mosaics are composed of reclaimed wood, often sourced from barns, and metal signage—materials that reflect his Midwestern milieu. In some, bits of hand-lettered typography appear in a reorganized jumble. It’s like looking at an old country store through a kaleidoscope. And yet, references to religious icons and celestial phenomena suggest a sort of spiritual geometry, taking Lowder’s compositions beyond remixed Americana. They’re more reminiscent of the diagrams in illuminated medieval manuscripts.Read More
"The best art is channeled through people who can tap into what Carl Jung called 'collective unconscious.' This is also true of the best advertising and marketing efforts—something artist Benjamin Lowder is well aware of after years of working in the industry... The work in “Phoneme” is all about transmuting the old, outdated, and unsustainable messages from advertising into something that promotes abundance." - Dustin Clendenen for Elephant JournalRead More
Artist Talk with artist Benjamin Lowder, moderated by art critic Shana Nys Dambrot at Open Mind Art Space in Los Angeles California on October 7, 2017. Benjamin Lowder talks about the ideas and process behind his work in his solo exhibition, Phoneme", co-curated by Patti Astor, on display at Open Mind Art Space from October 7, 2017 through November 3, 2017.
Video by: Bryan Birdman Mier (Birdman Photos)Read More
"Exponentially greater than the sum of their parts, Benjamin Lowder’s reconfigurations of elements culled from vintage metal ads and reclaimed wood resemble mandalas, totems, and auric power portals. With a melancholy futurism and a sustainable-practice agenda, Lowder has been steadily exploring the universe of possibilities derived from this process..." - Shana Nys Dambrot, art critic and writer for The Huffington PostRead More
Open Mind Art Space is pleased to present our new featured artist, Jann Pollard. A collection of her beautiful paintings can be viewed exclusively on our Artsy page.
Frequent trips to Europe enable Jann to capture the feeling and sense of the subjects she paints with a fresh vibrant handling of the medium. Light and texture are primary to her compositions in which she captures the essence and feeling of the many places seen and travelled.
"My love of art and travel, combined with a study of old world architecture is a never-ending inspiration for me. I see light, color, shapes and a moment in time that evoke a feeling that I want to capture in my paintings." - Jann PollardRead More
"Each drawing is delicately and meticulously rendered while maintaining a minimalist and surreal approach. Fingers and hands, both realistically represented and impossibly truncated and mutated, are depicted interacting with each other. Strings bind, pull and connect them in an elaborate cat’s cradle game. There is an oddly tangible quality to the fingers and their activities; they strive, search, intertwine and reach out towards one another, personifying our humanity. " - Lorraine Heitzman, contributing writer for Art and CakeRead More
We are delighted to share some awesome news! Artsy's curators have selected our current exhibition to be one of the Featured Shows on Artsy's main show page, which is the central hub for an audience of 700,000 users, both national and international, to discover the most important current shows on Artsy across all cities. It is an honor to be featured along with these other amazing exhibitions currently happening in other parts of the world!
Open Mind Art Space is pleased to announce its first exclusive online exhibition, Steady, Structured, and Selfless, which will feature mixed media works by Los Angeles based artist, Ashley Mistriel. The exhibition will launch on Artsy.net on May 6th and remain open until June 16th.
Open Mind Art Space is pleased to present our featured artist, Faria Raji, whose beautiful mixed media nude series can be viewed exclusively on our Artsy page.Read More
"Upon entering Hybrid Moments at OMAS, one accepts the striking balance between Matthew Usinowicz and Matt Allison’s work through the vibrant color of seemingly recognizable synthetic objects. There’s a harmony in place between the two artists’ sculptures..."Read More
Artist Talk with artist Benjamin Lowder, moderated by art critic Shana Nys Dambrot and featuring FUN Gallery founder Patti Astor on August 6, 2016 at Open Mind Art Space in Los Angeles California. Benjamin Lowder talks about the ideas and process behind his work in his solo exhibition, "Word", on display at Open Mind Art Space from August 6, 2016 through September 17, 2016.
Video by: Bryan Birdman Mier (Birdman Photos)
"...the meaningfulness of Lowder’s practice is expressed in his particular relationship to found, reclaimed, and otherwise sustainable materials, and in his instinct to orient buildings and land-use works according to the lay lines of the earth, organic resource distribution and the pathways of the stars. His recombinant visual aesthetic is painterly without gesture, literal without imagery, abstract without disorder, and animated by the symbols of man and nature." - Shana Nys Dambrot, art critic and writer for Huffington Post