06 Jan 2020
Thom Cooney Crawford
Nurture Nature Center
Reviewed by Elizabeth Johnson
Thom Cooney Crawford fills the cavernous Nurture Nature Center Theater Gallery, nailing the coordinates of a groundless, mobile perspective. Micro-crystalline wax sculptures and acrylic and oil paintings culled from forty years' work depict universes, stars, planets, and black holes studding the voids. Burial-shrouded, child-sized, sightless, Janus-faced Orpheus Figures orbit Angel Tree Shapeshifter, suggesting that disturbing but serene intergalactic excursions occur during meditation, sleep, or death.
With Ancient Twists equates the curvature of a white eyeball with the surface of a mirrored lens. A black pupil inside the eye encloses a distant, white-yellow-red-green planet. This planet reflects its color back to us, seeming to replace the original eye with a conjured one.
Rendering paradox through contrasting circles and ellipses, Cooney Crawford elicits the horror and beauty of a transformed, warped, skewed existence at great conceptual distance from Earth.
|Exhibition||Thom Cooney Crawford|
|Start date||11 Oct 2019|
|End date||05 Jan 2020 (50 days ago)|
|Presenter||Nurture Nature Center link|
|Venue||518 Northampton Street, Easton, PA, USA map|
|Image||Thom Cooney Crawford, With Ancient Twists, 2019, oil on panel, 12.5 x 22.5 inches, courtesy of the artist|
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