Isabel Rower, Box Works
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Isabel Rower
Box Works
June 22 – August 03 2024

Opening
Saturday, June 22
5 – 8PM

On View
June 22 – August 03 2024

Wednesday – Saturday
Noon – 5PM

Marta
3021 Rowena Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Surprise; Delight

Fresh from a preview at NADA New York last month, Marta is delighted to bring Box Works—a series of recent ceramic works by Brooklyn-based artist Isabel Rower—to Los Angeles audiences to engage with and experience. This grouping, positioned in the gallery’s Anteroom, maintains the thematic focus of its initial exhibition—that of female artists whose practices represent one node in a multi-generational artist lineage—and continues to highlight the gallery’s interest in exploring the tracing of parent-offspring genealogy as it relates to zeitgeist, imprinting, and the proverbial passing of the baton.

The gallery first encountered the ceramic work of Isabel Rower via the output of her mother, the artist Maria Robledo. In this new body of work from the younger Rower—who showed an early, related functional sculpture at Marta’s Make–Do exhibition in New York last spring—the artist uses discarded cardboard from her and her mother’s clay orders to make interior frameworks for stoneware pieces whose end forms gently suggest the very same material that define their structure: [cardboard] boxes. By materially abstracting their modest source, Rower engages with a kind of trompe-l’œil: one that disguises furniture as sculpture (and-vice-versa), and presents one medium play-acting as another.

Through this process, the artist confounds viewers’ tactile expectations of her work, causing surprise and delight when hand and seat are met with the firm, cool response of ceramic rather than the temperate pliability of the paper product each are camouflaged as, imitating their material assumption with ease and a touch of humor. Realized in warm tones of brown, Rower’s floor works appear both grounded and weightless, the suggestion of air beneath their softened angles providing a counter to the heft of their scale and composition. The subtle glow emanating from Box Lamp and the twin invitations from Box Chair 2 and 3, encouraging us to sit and enjoy their grounding repose, cue our relationship to these works and their participation in patterns of domestic living: a seamless integration into daily ritual that sustains as the hours unfold.

Isabel Rower (b. 1998, New York) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Rower studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she began making work that operates as both sculpture and furniture. She has shown work with Fairfax Dorn Projects and Europa Gallery, and has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Dezeen. Working primarily with clay, Rower utilizes the forms of everyday and often prime objects to explore the transformative properties of material, blurring the boundaries between practicality and adornment. Her work was recently acquired by SFMOMA for an upcoming exhibition, and her dishware was featured in a recent presentation with her mother, Maria Robledo, at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Works

Isabel Rower
Box Chair 3, 2024
Stoneware
24.5 × 25.0 × 23.5 in.
62.2 × 63.5× 59.7 cm

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Isabel Rower
Box Chair 4, 2024
Stoneware
25.0 × 20.5 × 24.5 in.
63.5 × 52.1 × 62.2 cm

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Isabel Rower
Long Box 1, 2024
Stoneware
15.5 × 28.5 × 22.5 in.
39.4 × 72.4 × 57.2 cm

Isabel Rower
Tall Box 3, 2024
Stoneware
18.0 × 15.5 × 14.5 in.
45.7 × 39.4 × 36.8 cm

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Isabel Rower
Low Box 1, 2024
Stoneware
15.25 × 14.0 × 14.5 in.
38.7 × 35.6 × 36.8 cm

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Isabel Rower
Low Box 3, 2024
Stoneware
11.5 × 15.5 × 14.5 in.
29.2 × 39.4 × 36.8 cm

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Isabel Rower
Trash Box, 2024
Stoneware
12.0 × 11.25 × 8.0 in.
30.5 × 28.6 × 20.3 cm

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Isabel Rower
Box Shelf, 2024
Stoneware
4.75 × 25.25 × 9.75 in.
12.1 × 64.8 × 24.8 cm

Isabel Rower
Tall Box Light, 2024
Stoneware, Lighting Components
30.5 × 15.75 × 14.5 in.
77.5 × 40.0 × 36.8 cm

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Isabel Rower
Medium Box Light, 2024
Stoneware, Lighting
18.5 × 15.75 × 14.5 in.
47.0 × 40.0 × 36.8 cm

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Isabel Rower
Small Box Light, 2024
Stoneware, Lighting
12.75 × 15.75 × 14.5 in.
32.4 × 40.0 × 36.8 cm

Isabel Rower
Wide Box Lamp, 2024
Stoneware, Lighting
22.0 × 19.0 × 25.0 in.
56.0 × 48.3× 63.5 cm

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Isabel Rower
Box Sconce 1, 2024
Stoneware, Lighting Components
13.5 × 13.25 × 4.0 in.
34.3 × 33.7 × 10.2 cm

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Isabel Rower
Box Sconce 2, 2024
Stoneware, Lighting Components
13.5 × 12.25 × 3.5 in.
34.3 × 31.1 × 8.9 cm

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Isabel Rower
Large Box Object 1, 2024
Stoneware
13.25 × 5.0 × 4.5 in.
33.7 × 12.7 × 11.4 cm

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Isabel Rower
Large Box Object 2, 2024
Stoneware
12.5 × 6.5 × 8.75 in.
31.75 × 16.5 × 22.2 cm

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Isabel Rower
Medium Box Object 2, 2024
Stoneware
9.5 × 5.0 × 4.75 in.
24.1 × 12.7 × 12.1 cm

Isabel Rower
Medium Box Object 3, 2024
Stoneware
7.75 × 4.25 × 4.25 in.
19.7 × 10.8 × 10.8 cm

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Isabel Rower
Medium Box Object 4, 2024
Stoneware
7.75 × 4.25 × 4.25 in.
19.7 × 10.8 × 10.8 cm

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Isabel Rower
Medium Box Object 5, 2024
Stoneware
8.0 × 5.0 × 5.75 in.
20.3 × 12.7 × 14.6 cm

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Isabel Rower
Small Box Object 1, 2024
Stoneware
6.25 × 3.0 × 2.75 in.
15.9 × 7.6 × 7.0 cm

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Isabel Rower
Small Box Object 2, 2024
Stoneware
6.5 × 3.0 × 2.0 in.
16.5 × 7.6 × 5.0 cm

Isabel Rower
Small Box Object 3, 2024
Stoneware
5.5 × 3.0 × 2.5 in.
14.0 × 7.6 × 6.3 cm

Isabel Rower
Small Box Object 4, 2024
Stoneware
6.0 × 3.75 × 3.0 in.
15.2 × 9.5 × 7.6 cm

Isabel Rower
Small Box Object 5, 2024
Stoneware
8.0 × 3.0 × 2.75 in.
20.3 × 7.6 × 7.0 cm

Isabel Rower
Small Box Object 6, 2024
Stoneware
3.25 × 1.25 × 2.0 in.
8.3 × 3.2 × 5.0 cm

Marta

Marta is a Los Angeles-based, globally-engaged art gallery. Founded in 2019, the gallery makes space for artists to experiment with the utility of design, and for designers to explore the abandonment of function. Marta’s curatorial and publication programs take interest in the process of a work’s creation as well the narrative of its creator(s). Marta embraces the intersection of and the transition between disciplines, advocates for diversity in design, and promotes broad access to the arts.