by Kayla Adams
Rosson Crow “HYSTERIA: Spatial Conversations with Florine Stettheimer”opened this past Thursday at Sargent’s Daughters on the Lower East Side. The show presents a series of brightly colored mixed media paintings depicting dream-like interior spaces.The paintings are visibly deep and layered despite being dimensionally flat. Xeroxes of vintage tabloids and advertisements are smoothly integrated into the paintings full of patterning, floral motifs and iconography. It all comes together within the structure of interiors that hold a mysterious cinematic quality. They look like a neon interpretation of old film noir sets.
Florine Stettheimer was a painter, poet, and friend of Marcel Duchamp. She painted many colorful surreal domestic interiors, often written off as being excessively feminine. Crow, interested in the femininity of interior spaces created these contemporary interpretations of Stettheimer’s work. Incorporating the the lady-like quality of florals and interior spaces with camp and kitsch Crow creates bold, mysterious spaces that you could get lost in for a while.
179 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002
April 22 – May 17, 2015