UPDATE: Pandemic precautions in Los Angeles obliged TAG Gallery to close temporarily at the start of Katie Crown's exhibit there. The work is installed at the gallery, but inaccessible for viewing. The gallery plans to leave the work up on exhibit for a week or two after re-opening. As of early May, the re-opening date is undetermined. Please check here and at the gallery website -- taggallery.net -- for further updates. This artwork is best seen in person.
In Katie Crown's Really Big Drawings exhibition at TAG Gallery in Los Angeles from March 17 through April 11, 2020, wall-mounted “metal drawings” amplify her cartooning, with subject matter jolted from her sketchbooks.
The works are her take of the roles humor and horror play in life. Some people can be seen experiencing pancake-induced anxiety, agitated bicycling, or an unusual therapy session.
Humor has often been an element in Crown’s practice. These new works take it to an exaggerated mode. In addition to their linear aspects, the pieces include planes of color and pattern. The style suits the character of each situation depicted. "With all the difficulties in the world, we need comedy to pull through," Crown says.
The heft of these pieces does not come across in photographs. The works are enamel paint on quarter-inch thick aluminum that has been cut to the shape of the source drawings. They are pinned out from the wall a fraction of an inch, so shadows become part of the appearance. See them in person if you get a chance.
TAG Gallery, at 5458 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. In addition, an open reception will celebrate this exhibit on Saturday, March 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, see www.taggallery.net or call 310-829-9556.
Katie Crown beside her Sincere installed on a wall