GRAND ACADEMY OF LAGADO
A specialist in photography, Paul Lowry has held a Master of Arts degree from Concordia University since 1991. In 1984, he obtained a second bachelor's degree from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi in visual arts, following a first, specialized in photography, in applied arts from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto in 1981. His most recent solo exhibition, Photographs from the Grand Academy of Lagado (Bourget Gallery, Montreal), dates from February 1991.
This unique work by Paul Lowry develops into a suite of black and white photographs divided into two parts, Head Studies and Figures Studies. His strikingly effective photographs are inspired by Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. They also follow in the wake of Velickovic and Muybridge's Moving Images. His photographs confront us with an overflowing and deviant pseudo-science that somehow illustrates the cursed part of humanity.
The exhibition is divided into two sections, Head Studies and Figures Studies. In the first section the heads appear passive and even wiling victims of a derailed science. This Gothic laboratory setting was inspired by Jonathan Swift's Grand Academy of Lagado in Gulliver's Travels. P. Lowry recognized in Swift's satire of human genius our own craniocentric century. The twisted and contorted yet lifeless mummies depicted in the figure studies section appear violently agitated in complaisant and passive heads of first section.