Aeroplane, Image Thrown on a Screen
13 x 18 3/8 in. (33 x 46.6 cm)
(Ludvinka, Ukraine, 1892 - 1973)
Medium and Support:
Graphite and black ink with white paint on heavy cream wove paper
Location: Not currently on view
Lozowick’s style, Precisionism, was practiced by many American artists between the wars. Although it was not a unified artistic movement, Precisionist artists did share an interest in technological themes and a style that celebrated the precise lines and formal beauty of machines. As a proponent of the industrial aesthetic, Louis Lozowick was involved in organizing the widely-influential 1927 Machine-Age Exposition in New York City. This groundbreaking exhibition included machines and machine parts alongside paintings, sculptures, and drawings by avant-garde artists.
This drawing was likely related to Lozowick’s set design for a 1926 production of George Kaiser’s play Gas, about the dehumanization and need for spiritual regeneration caused by industrialization. Lozowick constructed wooden structures of his machine ornaments and projected the images onto screens to create a mechanically-themed set design.
[label text for Modern Icon: The Machine As Subject in American Art exhibition, February 3 – March 6, 2012]