Being familiar with the earlier works of Rosson Crow it was immensely intriguing to read the press release accompanying the current exhibition of her most recent paintings. Knowing Rosson Crow pieces to shock, awe and overwhelm viewers with her vibrant use of color, bold brush strokes, and larger than life representation of memorable spaces, it was curious to hear about the new approach to her artistic process, that ventures away from depiction of iconic locations and moves toward a more intimate and visceral exploration of memory. And upon visiting Honor Fraser, I found that the change mused by the press release was astonishingly evident. Using a minimal color palette of black, browns, grays, and white, Crow manages to produce a conceptual collection of imagery that taps into a dreamy atmospheric narrative of the American collective memory. Imagery of desolate Midwestern towns, underground subways, and the abstract flurry of parades, nod to the past and present rise and falls of American society and economy. Although a far cry from her past work of colorful representation of excess, it is fascinating to see a more melancholy set of imagery that still commands the same attention and engagement between the art and viewer, that stays true to the draw of all of Crow’s work.
Dates and Times:
BALLYHOO HULLABALOO HABOOB is exhibiting until March 31, 2012
Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 6pm
2622 S. LA CIENEGA BLVD.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90034
Photographs and Article by Alethea Go for The Untitled Magazine.