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Constructed Histories,2006


Project Description

Roy Dowell designed terrazzo paving areas and porcelain enamel steel panels for the station platforms. His designs for each platform utilize elements of neighboring signage and to some extent found printed posters and advertisements combined with other found printed material to create the images. The aircraft engine being used as a public sculpture at the Boeing plant across the street from the station was another point of inspiration, an object taken out of context and presented for purely aesthetic consideration.

Artist Statement

“My work alludes to a history of accumulated information and use as it invites the viewer to position themselves as both the interpreter and creator of a new history. Their lives and experiences feed the meaning and intent of the pieces that I have created for this site.”

About the Artist

Roy Dowell has been a practicing artist for more than 25 years, with work in a number of museum collections. His work has been seen in numerous one-person and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Roy primarily works as a painter, however has also produced both sculptures and installations of varying scales. His work, based in the formal elements of abstraction is an amalgam of both representational and abstract elements taken from a wide range of sources, locations and cultural references. Roy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts and is currently Chair of Graduate Studies in Fine Art at Otis College of Art and Design.

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