Harris County Civil Court at Law No.1, No.4, and No. 3 in the Artist Studio Backyard
The artist’s proposal is a response to Harris County Civil Court of Law No. 1, No. 3, and No. 4, which started as a response to neighbors around his studio trying to figure out how to attend court dates, as court had moved to online because of COVID-19. Rick Lowe states that “for neighbors who needed it, I sat a chair and computer in my backyard so they could call in for court. While most think that going online is easy and makes things simpler for doing certain things, it put many at a deep disadvantage. My backyard courtroom sought to alleviate some of the problems for neighbors. Now that most children in my neighborhood are schooling from home, the courtroom has evolved into a digital classroom and library for a number of children on my block.”
Rick Lowe is an artist who resides in Houston, Texas. His formal training is in the visual arts. Over the past twenty years he has worked both inside and outside of art world institutions by participating in exhibitions and developing community-based art projects. From 1993 to the present, he has exhibited at Phoenix Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, and the Kumamoto State Museum in Japan, among many others. In 1993, Lowe founded Project Row Houses, an arts and cultural community located in a historically significant and culturally charged neighborhood in Houston, Texas.