The Gallery: Elizabeth Gower

The Gallery: Elizabeth Gower

amy chase
Feb 5, 2009

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Introducing Elizabeth Gower, an artist from Australia currently in residence here in NYC. And lucky for us, she has brought along her ever-growing collection of paper plate cut outs (inspired by snowflakes and numbering up to approx 2,000, and none repeated!) Titled, Amor Infiniti, she began making these in 1997 and has installed them in various configurations and locations.

Amor Infiniti, Cut-out paper plates each 30 x30cm, detail of installation

This particular series takes inspiration from the 6-point symmetrical forms found in snowflakes — and the discovery by scientists that after photographing 3,000 snowflakes, not one of the designs is ever repeated. As an artist, she explores this 6-point geometric system to generate by hand, her own infinite number of variations. Ready made paper plates, a compass, ruler, pencil and retractable blade are her humble tools.

Gower's work has long focused on collecting and collating materials and images into systems of order. You can see here two other series of work here, Cuttings, and Prismatics — which collect cast off printed and packaging materials into elaborate collages.

You can see plates at the AC [Institute Direct Chapel] at 547 West 27th Street on the 5th floor. To see more work visit Gower's site and direct any inquiries about this work to the artist directly via email.

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