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Without Moving, Tondos by Tim Lowly
February 5 - February 27
Since she was born in 1985, Tim Lowly’s daughter Temma has figured increasingly prominently in his art. Over time he’s come to think of the work related to her as being an ongoing, multifaceted, yet singular project. A project that seeks meaning within a life Temma shares with her mother Sherrie, himself and others who care for her. Temma is profoundly other: the brain damage she experienced shortly after birth has rendered her as one for whom the concepts “development” and “ability” have little relevance. In the face of a life conventionally regarded as static they find themselves continually pulled back to the start. His friend Riva Lehrer has referred to Temma as a perpetual cipher. A newborn baby is a cipher, a mystery, a zero: a “nothing”, yet resolutely resonating possibility. That is Temma–36 years on–always. Yet, within that apparent stasis (as a friend wrote, responding to an early version of the tondo subsequently titled “Spinning”):