New World Disorder: Disaster and Desire

Thursday, August 15, 2013

These events are free and open to the public.

LowtherThis exhibiton of work by Christopher Lowther is an interrogation of the perverse pleasure of disaster/ruin, the representation/ function of disaster and desire, and the experience as mediated via film representations. The “Desire” aspect of Disaster & Desire is two-fold: On the one hand it references the way desire is represented in disaster films, and on the other it references a wish/desire for disaster. I have a conflicted view of disaster as I also see it as a positive agent of needed change. For example, the recent Fukushima nuclear disaster prompted the Japanese government to re-evaluate nuclear energy and consequently their last nuclear reactor was shut down. In addition to universal change I also wonder what personal truths would be revealed to me in the event of a disaster in regard to those I love, and even those I wasn’t aware that I loved. And what problems and dysfunctions would it solve?

Irwin Allen’s disaster films employ a similar method of re-uniting and repairing relationships in the wake of catastrophe. Husbands and wives whose relationships seemed broken and beyond repair somehow find hope and come to realizations about their feelings for one another. Strangers who normally would not associate become friends and caregivers. In contemplating the cathartic benefit it has for me, I concede that it is a romantic view of disaster, but one that is nevertheless mediated by film and its enduring power over me. 

This exhibition will be in the Alexandre Hogue Gallery from October 3 through October 31, 2013.  There  will be an artist's lecture on October 3 at 4 pm in the Jerri Jones Lecture Hall.  An artist's reception will follow in the Hogue Gallery from 5 to 7 pm. 



Mary Whitney