Philadelphia, PA


Annette Monnier reviews Sample(d)(r) for Philadelphia City Paper

"Astrid Bowlby has a problem many artists would kill for: Her works sell too fast, disappearing into private collections, perhaps never again to be seen by the artist who made them. This probably doesn’t seem like a big deal to those who would happily exchange some of their artwork for money. But it’s difficult to grow as an artist if your work constantly evaporates before you have time to live with it, know it and reflect on it. The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts alumna and current visiting critic used to try to recreate from memory some of the works she’d sold, but she always found the resuscitations wanting. “Sample(d)(r),” currently at Gallery Joe, is Bowlby’s interesting solution to getting some quality time with her own work."