American artist Nate Lowman was born in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1979 and raised in Idyllwild, California. Lowman moved to New York City in 1997 to study at NYU. He graduated in 2001 and worked part-time as a security guard at Dia Center for the Arts in Chelsea. In the early 2000s, Lowman and his friends – among them Dan Colen, Dash Snow and Ryan McGinley – achieved acclaim for disrupting the art mainstream with youthful, downtown irreverence.
Lowman’s work spans painting, printing, sculpture, installation and collage. At its crux is the collection of familiar images and materials – newspaper clippings, bumper stickers, Xeroxed fliers, trash. Lowman accumulates these distinctly American forms of communication and reimagines them as a visual language with which to explore violence, consumption, celebrity, crime, failure, mythmaking, decay and disaster. In transforming these popular icons, Lowman develops new contexts that are often political, ironic and melancholy.
Supreme has worked with Nate Lowman on a collection featuring his bullet-hole artworks. Lowman first encountered the bullet-hole as a car decal that a friend found at a Texas gas station. Lowman enlarged the image with a silkscreen and stretched it onto a shaped canvas. Several of these works were included in his first show in 2005, and have been reinterpreted in a variety of media in subsequent years. “I was very interested in the way that you could attach a violent content onto a very peaceful surface of geometric abstraction,” Lowman has said.
The collection features a Work Vest, Sweater, S/S Shirt, Hooded Sweatshirt and Painter Pant.
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