It’s been 20 years since artist Rick Lowe and friends bought up that row of shotgun shacks on the 2500 block of Holman St. and transformed them — and much of the neighboring Third Ward blocks — into a lively community of art installations and performances, duplexes for low- to moderate-income residents, and architectural experimentation. The latest round of installations kicks off this Saturday.
And one of those installations, by Lovie Olivia, seems particularly apt after 20 years of the Row Houses’ heavy use: She says that she will pick at and scrape away the layers of paint from the walls of the house at 2505 Holman and root around in the dirt surrounding it “until visible cues from the past . . . are revealed.” Who knows what she might turn up — but that’s kinda the point: “This house,” she writes in a description of the project, “assumes the function of museum, excavation site, lab, and stage.”
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Photo: Allyn West