“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso
There is a constant factor in the life of an artist. Finding the purpose to create. In one of the Lower East Side’s secret pockets to find art, William Crump showed new work at Station Independent Projects on Suffolk Street. AF came to the opening and viewed them with that specific thought in mind as the multi-media work of Crump for Gathering Ground straddled the line between a sense of finding definition in the material and alluding to the intangible aspects of being an artist.
As William Crump had shared that these are materials he had repurposed and configured from what’s around his studio. All the elements he used in the show are quotidian matter in his sacred place of creation. You view the hallowed out frames and its components filling in the void that one enters a realm of something ghostly or spiritual that Crump exudes in his oeuvre. It is a reflection of where he’s been and the direction he’s heading. The serpentine shapes enclosed within the frame created segments of worlds to enter and the dabs of paint on glass evoked translucent entities. Crump is exploratory and self-referential in a personal yet accessible manner in terms of presentation. His pieces are humble and approachable. It is with this same mode that he must have taken this recent exploration about his original thrust of being a creator.
The wide range of work that Crump included in the show fostered the introspective ideals of what he meant to delve into. In gathering what he can find within his environment that it gets closer to having a firm grasp of what the over all purpose of being an artist means. He allowed himself to organically create worlds to explore or get lost temporarily. This dichotomy is well balanced and executed judiciously with the pieces he produced.
To gather what is immediate and ground himself in creation is what Crump wants to share and express with this current show. The artist seeks to find himself and in the process loses himself while in the moment. Those are benchmarks that are real which substantiates the ephemeral nature of art.
William Crump: Gathering Ground / On View: October 17 – November 18, 2012
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday (12 – 6 pm) or by appointment
Station Independent Projects. 164 Suffolk Street. NYC, NY 10002
art review by: Oscar A. Laluyan
images provided by Station Independent Projects courtesy of the artist
event photos by: Deukyun Hwang
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