Carl Rowe – Not Quite Aligned
The work in this exhibition was made exclusively between October 2019 and September 2020. These abstract paintings combine subjects such as gases, boxes, archaeological calibrations, marker points, particulates and domestic objects within seemingly non-sensical and vexing associations. At times, geometric forms, lines and shapes intersect or abut exactly. Elsewhere, they mis-align, glance or overlap. A regular motif that appears within the imagery is that of a clay pipe, an object that lingers in living memory, but which predominantly exists only as fragments within the ground. The notion of the ‘not quite aligned’ alludes to the flaws in our perception of time and our relationship to material objects as well as each other.
Carl Rowe studied Fine Art at Manchester Polytechnic, graduating with an MA in 1985. Former Associate Professor in Fine Art at Norwich University of the Arts, he currently lives and works as a visual artist in Norwich. He is a studio holder at OUTPOST Studios, a member of the Printmaker’s Council, Norfolk Contemporary Art Society and East Anglia Art Fund. Rowe has an international profile as both an artist and an academic. His work has been exhibited widely in the UK as well as in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Canada, US, Estonia, Japan, Malaysia and Egypt. In addition to studio production, he has also worked on public art including billboards, print portfolios and hospital art. In 2018 Rowe was commissioned by Hospital Rooms to make work for Woodlands Mental Health Unit at Ipswich Hospital and in March 2021 completed a new project with Hospital Rooms for Northside House Forensic Mental Health unit in Norwich.