CV & Artist Statement
Marilyn Lowey
Marilyn Lowey
Marilyn Lowey Los Angeles-based artist Marilyn Lowey creates installations that investigate the use of light as an optical, sculptural, and psychological spectacle. Drawing on her extensive experience as a professional lighting designer, Lowey utilizes a range of devices, including computerized fixtures and handmade light bulbs, to dynamically cast or embody light. In Here's to the Ladies Who Lunch (2012), for example, she assembled cosmetic compact mirrors into a dangling tongue-in-cheek disco ball, manifesting a mass of anonymous, socially conditioned portraits. In other works, such as her Translating Transitions series, she configures Versa Tubes-linear LED tubes that function like a TV screen-to translate moving figurative images into abstract forms. Lowey's immersive installations provoke phenomenological experiences, but she also links these perceptual effects to personal, cultural, and political relations (see below). Lowey's environments and tableaus always evidence their material construction, encouraging viewers to develop a critical response to light's illusory applications.
Lowey earned MFA degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (1980) and the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (2010). At CalArts Lowey studied under artists Michael Asher and Jessica Bronson.

Lowey has exhibited her work throughout California and beyond. This November she will participate in Contemporary Art Ruhr 2012 in Essen, Germany. Also this fall she presented the solo exhibition Translating Transitions #3 at Gallery 825, Los Angeles. This past summer she was included in the site-specific exhibition Knowledges at the Mount Wilson Observatory in Los Angeles County. Lowey's Cosmic Latte, RGB or CMYK? (2012), an immense white, glowing weather balloon tethered adjacent to the observatory dome was featured on the Frieze magazine blog. Frieze contributing editor Jonathan Griffin described the work as poignant and comic for "its allusions to man's pathetic attempts to reach out and touch, and ultimately replicate, the magnificence of the cosmos."
Also in 2012 Lowey presented her installation The West Wing Patterns of Power (2012) in Random Acts of Time at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana. Using theatrical and cinematic lighting devices, Lowey reconstructed the shadows cast by the three iconic windows of the Oval Office within the space of an art gallery. She then invited viewers to traverse the shadows. Depending on one's perspective, a viewer may imagine herself inhabiting the American President's office during a late night, or more metaphorically, may find herself within the shadow (creeping or waning) of America's power.
In 2011, Lowey displayed one of her most significant installations, Illuminating the Illuminati (2009-11) as part of the exhibition Cult of the Ruin: Strategies of Accumulation at the University Art Gallery, University of California Irvine. This installation of theatrical lights recreates the "illumination" Lowey designed for an appearance of Pope Benedict XVI in New York in 2008. Again, she invites viewers to encounter a charged, inaccessible space. Stepping into the aura of God-like light used to enhance the appearance of religious figures, as well as contemporary celebrities, viewers are encouraged to scrutinize light as a symbol of power.
Lowey enacted another religious-themed work, The Last Supper (2009-10) at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen in 2010. As part of The Big Light Show she dramatically lit an empty space with angled spotlights. As viewers navigate the scene, they become agents in an open-ended theatrical tableau. Each viewer must reconcile whether the light array suggests the lighting within Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, perhaps the lighting on the absent mural itself, or something new.
Lowey's other recent exhibitions and presentations include: Momentum, juried by Los Angeles Contemporary Arts Museum Associate Curator Rita Gonzalez, Gallery 825, Los Angeles (2012); Assemblage, curated by Steven Hull, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles (2010); Box Scheme, curated by Ana Vejzovic Sharp, Actual Size Gallery, Los Angles (2010); Axis Mundi, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (2010); ID 517, curated by Sam Durant & Nancy Buchanan, Distributed Gallery, Telic Arts Exchange, Los Angeles (2009); Beyond Geometry, Lime Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (2009); Back in the Discourse, Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (2009); Down the Rabbit Hole: An Exploration of Fantasy and Form, Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles (2007); Corpus Callosum, Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles (2007).
Lowey's work was featured on the cover of the Winter 2011 CalArts Magazine. She has pre-qualified as an artist for the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Public Art for 2012 - 2014, which allows her to propose large-scale public artworks for commissions throughout the city.





California Institute of the Arts, School of Art, M.F.A., 2010

OtisCollege of Art & Design, Special 5thProgram 1.5 years,  2008

Carnegie Mellon University, Lighting Design & Theatre Technology, M.F.A., 1980

Emerson College, B.F.A.

 2015   Dark Side of Her Broom, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
2010   Axis Mundi, D-301 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA 2009  
Beyond Geometry, Lime Gallery, California Institute of the Arts,Valencia, CA


“Self-portrait Richmond,”  InLight Richmond, Richmond, VA

2013   “Illuminating the Illuminati,” ArteLaguna, Venice Arsenale, Venice, Italy

TranslatingTransitions #4
, LA Art Show. Los Angeles, CA

2012   Contemporary Art Ruhr, Essen,German 

             TranslatingTransitions #3, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

“Cosmic Latte, RGB, CMYK?”,KNOWLEDGES at Mount Wilson Observatory,
Los Angeles, CA

West Wings Patterns of Power, Random Acts of Time, OCCMA, Santa Ana, CA,Curated by Bill Moreno            

Here’s to theLadies Who Lunch, Momentum, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA


TranslatingTransitions #2
, Glendale Art Temporary Exhibition, Glendale, CA, Curated byCletus

Flag Stop Art
,Los Angeles, CA, Curated by TmGratkowski

“Illuminating the Illuminati,” Cult of the Ruins, UC Irvine, Curated by Flora Kao

“The Last Supper,” The Big Light Show, Anderson Ranch,Aspen, CO, Curated by Barbara Bloemink and Paul Collins

, Las Cienegas Projects, LosAngeles, CA, Curated by Steven Hull

Box Scheme
, Actual Size, Los Angeles,CA, Curated by Ana Vejzovic Sharp



ID 517, Distributed Gallery, Telic Arts Exchange, Los Angeles, CA, Curated by Sam Durant & Nancy Buchanan

 Back in the Discourse, Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA 2007  
Selected Works, Bolsky Gallery, OtisCollege of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, Curator Karen Higa Down theRabbit Hole: An Exploration of Fantasy and Form, Loyola MarymountUniversity, Los Angeles, CA, Curated by the Loyola Marymount Curatorial Group
Corpus Callosum, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Otis College of Artand  Design, Curated by Dana Duff




 LightingDesigner of the Year, PSLN , 2005
Emmy Award forOutstanding Lighting for a Special or Miniseries, 1986  BIBLIOGRAPHY         Mike Boehm, “L.A. Art Show is taking a broad view of art,” LATimes, Sunday, January 26, 2913. SteffieNelson, “Seeing Stars: Knowledges Brought a New Form of Observation to MountWilson,” Pasadena Magazine, August2012, 77-80. JonathanGriffin, “KNOWLEDGES at Mount Wilson Observatory,” Frieze Magazine, online July 6, 2012. AparnaBakhle-Ellis, “Cosmic Knowledges: Site-Specific Art at Mount Wilson Observatory,”Fabrik Magazine, Issue 17, Summer2012, 76-85. ArmandoAceves, “KNOWLEDGES Exhibit to Explore New Frontiers Around Mount WilsonObservatory This Weekend,” 89.3 KPCC, Jun 23, 2012. MargaretWappler, “Astral Oriented Art Installations Expand 'Knowledges' at Mt. Wilson Observatory,”KCET Artbound, June 22, 2012. ChristineN. Ziemba, “CalArts Alumni, Faculty Make Art at Mount Wilson Observatory thisWeekend,” 24700 Blog, June 22, 2012. ShanaNys Dambrot, “Knowledges Is Power,” LAWeekly, Jun 21 2012, 27. CatherineWagley, “Five Artsy Things to Do This Week,” LA Weekly, June 20, 2012, 34. CalArts Magazine, cover feature, Winter2011.   


 2018  HOORAYFOR RGB!!!, private collection, Aspen, CO, 2017   Artcrush,Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO2014   Artcrush, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO




 Pope Benedict XVI, St.Josephs Seminary, NYC, 2008Neil DiamondWorld Tour,1980- 2017Champions on Ice, 1985, 2007Star Trek:TheAdventure, Hyde Park, United Kingdom   2002Rock n’ roll MonsterfestShow, Universal Studios, Japan   2001UniversalIslands of Adventure, 3 projects on Lost Continent Island  1999Titanic: TheMovie Tour, United Kingdom  1999Elvis: TheConcert, Tour   1998

Harry Connick Jr. on Broadway,NYC   1990

Lido deParis, Paris, France  1994Al Janadriyya Festival, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia   Siegfried & Roy WorldTour, Japan and U.S.   1989Jubilee,Bally’s, Las Vegas, NVPeter Pan,Mexico City, Mexico    1988

Into the Light, Broadway, NYC, (Laser Designer)  1986



 Burn theFloor, Japan,  2004Disney HallPBS Opening Gala, Los Angeles, CA,  2003LA Opera LightingConsultant taping of Faust & Nicholas & Alexandra,  2003InventingFlight Opening Ceremonies, WHIO, TV,  2003OpeningCeremonies World Cup Cricket Games, Capetown South Africa, 2003 Saving Silverman,Diamond Concert Sequence,  2001Goodwill Games, FigureSkating Opening Ceremonies, TNT   2000Champions on Ice, TNTFebruary/ TNT April   2000, 2001, 2002Blue SuedeShoes, PBS Cleveland, San Jose Ballet   1997Olympic &World Figure Skating Champions, TNT   1996Halloween on Ice, TNT Nancy Kerrigan    1996The Little Mermaid (pilot) - Disney Channel    1989Lena Horne: ALady & Her Music    1982YO! MTVLaughs, MTV Kids ChoiceAwards, Nickelodeon   1988Star Trek:The Adventure, Universal Studio   1988MTV: NewYear’s Eve Show  /Poison/Richard Marx/JoeCocker   1988Overboard: Showtime Gallagher Special    1987****HelloAgain: CBS-TV Neil Diamond, Neil Diamond/ Stevie Wonder   1986A Legend: Showtime Gallagher Special    1986A Tribute ToMartin Luther King Jr: Neil Diamond Segment   1986Liz Story: Wyndham Hill Video     1985Cyndi Lauper:Money Changes Everything    198Live and inPerson: Chorus Line Anniversary Party    1983The JazzSinger: Concert Sequences   1979****#1986 Emmy for Outstanding Lighting for a Specialor Miniseries




 Hoyt Axton                            Michael Feinstein                Liza MinelliGlen Campbell                    Janie Fricke                          Lou RawlsVikki Carr                              Kenny G                                DianaRoss & The SupremesHarry Connick, Jr.               Whitney Houston                 DebbieReynolds             John Davidson                     Cyndi Lauper                                   Siegfried andRoy   Neil Diamond                       JohnnyMathis                      Diahann &VicSteve & Eydie                      Bette Midler                                                                             
Marilyn Lowey
Marilyn Lowey
Marilyn Lowey