Butterfly Effect | Steven Lowy

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Steven Lowy is an artist and independent curator who came onto the art scene in the late 1980s with the Urban Imagery Project, a street art collaboration with master printer Pascal Giraudon. The two worked together to create colorful prints of manhole covers, enlisting fire departments and schools from South Central Los Angeles to the South of France, with Lowy documenting the process with photo collage and video.

Lowy continued to evolve his work in collage through the ‘90s while represented by Torch Gallery in Amsterdam, developing large constellations of collage and mixed media photos and, ultimately, large-scale, hand-colored panoramic photos.

This sculpture was completed in August of 2018 and then on display at SUNY Oswego through July 2021, having been selected in a juried competition. It is self-powered using a deep cycle solar battery and stores enough energy to power 20, one-watt LED landscape lights. Butterfly Effect 80 represents the studio’s first step toward creating larger sculptures that marry form and function.