One Word: Plastics

A utopian future and a dystopian now

Lowe's installation is staid and formal. A large table, surrounded by a few chairs, dominates a comfortable but elegant room. On the table (and scattered on chairs as well) are books bearing titles like The Education of Koko and Subsaharan Agricultureand Clinical Aspects of Sensory Deprivation in the Primate Model. As stated before, the room is enclosed with frescoed walls. But this, the very model of solidity, of masculine British phlegmaticism, of Empire, is composed of cardboard and papier-mch. It's as solid as the ozone over Tierra del Fuego.

"Kenny Scharf—Car Culture" and Gentlemen's Club at Cal State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center, 125 N. Broadway Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 567-7233; www.grandcentralartcenter.com. Open Tues.-Wed. & Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Through April 28. Free.
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