99.99continuing @ The Distillery Gallery

On display at the Distillery Gallery in South Boston from April 17-May 31, the
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exhibition entitled 99.99, featuring the works of Charlie Crowell, Garrett Gould,

Gordon Holden, Molly Landman, Tyler Murphy, Alicia Riccio and Sena Wataya,

playfully explores the art object in the absence of Art’s mythical piety.

           

Initially assembled and inspired by the essay Frivolity and Unction by the art critic Dave Hickey, the works featured in the exhibition build from and respond to Hickey’s idea of Art as a more or less frivolous human act.  Hickey builds his claim from the idea that Art, as a cultural movement, assumes a sense of “inherent goodness” through coded aesthetics, that other expressions of creative media do not so fallaciously assume.  Do pop music and prime time TV strive toward the same sense of cultural significance as Art?  Does a fellow frivolous act like sport aim to contextualize and articulate the human spirit as Art might? Hickey argues no.  So where is the shame in letting Art become art?

            This group of seven presents a body of work that espouses the perfectly ineffectual poetry of art and humbly re-presents the pataphysical objects of creative labors as just that.  Together, they incite the imaginary and leisurely walk toward the asymptotic horizon of understanding through Art, while taking the time to stop and smell the roses.  “We wont find sense by cutting deep into something, though I suppose we might actually release it.”

Mildred's Lane

THIS PAST JUNE/JULY, I had the great fortune of attending the Mildred's Lane Artist Complex on a Fellowship for the 2013 TOWN Session. 

In partnership with the other fellows (Nina Ruelle, Julie Malen and Bethany Engstrom) and under the guidance of J. Morgan Puett, we managed to complete a myriad of collaborative projects centering around the theme of local government.
Some of the projects we were able to accomplish consisted of a survey presented to the local government in Narrowsburg NY aimed at gauging the overriding political will of the townsfolk as well as hoping to inspire more community involvement in issues such as external funding for local development projects.
Other projects included the construction of a float to represent Mildred's Lane in the Narrowsburg 4th of July parade, as well as an interactive, ephemeral earthwork installation on the stream running through the property of the complex.

In addition to working on these projects amongst various other creative domesticities, we had the great fortune of learning from and dialoguing with renowned artists, theorists and lecturers such as Mark Dion, James Voorhies, Pablo Helguera, Hope Ginsburg, Fritz Haeg, Amy Yoes, Leon & Meegan Johnson and of course J. Morgan Puett to name a few. 
 
Overall, the entire experience was wholly transformative from beginning to end, & I cannot wait to see where my relationship with 'the lane' will go from here.

Inherited State / Honors Thesis Show

Here are some shots of my most recent show Inherited State.
The show is comprised of work created during a single year as a part of my Honors Thesis for my senior year of undergrad.
The show is on display at The Harbor Gallery located on the UMass Boston campus and will be up from MAY 23rd through JUNE 6th 1-7pm Mon-Thurs.

The majority of the work centers around themes of urbanism, ruination, and the stinted and cursory relationships that form between persons and also with one's environment.

Overall the show has been a massive culmination of efforts over this past year, and I would like to thank my professors Cat Mazza, Ann Torke and Erik Levine as well as my studio mate Shana Harden and our good friend Brian Glaser for making all of this possible.

New Website!

Hello to all!

Welcome to my new portfolio website!
I hope you find it interesting and want to share it with your colleagues, friends, family, imaginary friends, spirit animals, whomever.
Please check back periodically to see new developments in my work as they occur.

For a closer look at my process, either email me at

charles.crowelldesign@gmail.com

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