Benjamin Lowder is an artist showing work comprised of geometrically arranged reclaimed wood and vintage metal signage. Lowder is a creative consultant for the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability housed in a Buckminster Fuller designed geodesic dome on the SIUE campus. Lowder also serves on the board of the Fuller Dome Home historic site in Carbondale Illinois which is the house that Bucky lived in while teaching at SIU.
Lowder’s current series of work is titled, “Myth, Math & Magic.” This series is comprised of two and three dimensional totems constructed of reclaimed lumber and vintage metal signage. The advertising tropes of the vintage signs are deconstructed and reassembled into sacred geometric patterns that break the magic spell cast by the advertising’s original letterforms. These artifacts are recast to transmute feelings of nostalgia for an unsustainable past while drawing forward ancient wisdom to support an abundant future.