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Mar 5, 2012
Rosson Crow is one of the brightest up-and-coming talents in the art world, with a bold style that combines European influences with elements from the cowboy culture of Texas where she grew up. Her large-scale history-themed paintings have been described by Norman Klein as "massively architectonic, very immersive ... like a Baroque castle inside a theme park, historical paintings inside a half-baked memory system, inside a desire that has been marketed, but never satisfied." With her highly anticipated show at Honor Fraser in Los Angeles this year, Rosson Crow has earned the label Character Approved.
Crow's BALLYHOO HULLABALOO HABOOB show at Honor Fraser, her second solo exhibition with the gallery, features recent abstract artwork that explores the highs and lows of different gilded eras--including the one that we just lived through. She reminds us of the cyclical nature of American history, which can be disorienting precisely because of the rapidity with which steep lows can follow the highest highs. Experimenting with a new method of painting that combines dyed fabric canvasses and bleach, Crow creates black-and-white imagery that blurs the line between dust and debris, confetti and fireworks.
The exhibition in Los Angeles builds on the momentum that Crow has already generated in the art world. The Wall Street Journal recently named her one of the top 10 emerging artists in the United States. Her solo museum exhibitions include FOCUS: Rosson Crow at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2009) and Myth of the American Motorcycle at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati (2010). Her work has also been included in exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.
[Image: "April 9th, 1968," 2012 by Rosson Crow via Huffington Post]