Crown’s multifaceted works incorporate painting, sculpture, video, and installation. Working from critical references and advanced studio practices, Crown examines public interactions with significance and wit. This exhibition underscores the basic building blocks of signs and indexes that inform contemporary sculpture and architecture.
Cast in free-flowing directions across the gallery space, hundreds of red, crushed cups lay on the floor in what seem to be remnants of a party. The installation, SOLO TOGETHER (2017), elicits narratives of cultural success and excess. Issues of personal and collective interactions, sustainability, and environmental carelessness all resonate with this iconic form. The red cups, usually made from molded polystyrene plastic, are deliberately cast in heavy plaster inverting them into unique objects.
The movement of Chain Mesh (2018), projected in an adjacent gallery space, references running water or billows caused by wind. The metal mesh remains connected as it streams, creating a hypnotic rhythm. Its minimalist and coded aesthetics are cast against the disorder and unpredictability of SOLO TOGETHER.
CHALICE (2018), a morphed, large-scale, version of the smaller casts, towers over visitors much like an ancient column. Twisted and manipulated, the sculpture carries both historical and religious connotations that challenge our knowledge and memory of the past while creating a connection to the present.