On April 7, 2016 artist Paula Crown will debut Bearings Down, an aesthetically striking and visually charged immersive installation at the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas. The work is an extension of the artist’s prolific studio practice and a harmonic blend of sound, performance and mark-making.
Bearings Down distills a landscape drawing that is magnified, rotated in space and crafted into a 3-dimensional image etched on glass. This rigid plane serves as the top of the rectangular sculpture that is subsequently shattered by ball bearings tossed by the artist. The hurtled bearings ignite a pattern of linear fractures of glass, breaking into organic forms, as some of the glass is nearly atomized upon impact. The experience of the physical piece is determined by the positioning of the viewer, although its depth and reflection make it difficult to determine scale, location and time. The relationship between object and video, along with the sound recordings, create arresting moments of musicality, color and material. Nature provides moments of reflective serendipity.
Crown presents a new level of ambiguity, challenging notions of where rigid and painterly forms meet. This ephemeral space “in between” was referred to by Duchamp as the infra thin. As a cohesive experience, Bearings Down provides glimpses of the macro and micro, the internal and external, and the physical and emotional dimensions that we all inhabit and navigate as humans. The installation plays with convention - transforming modes of drawing and engaging multiple senses.
The opening reception will be held on April 7 from 7pm–9pm. The exhibition will be on display through May 19. The Goss-Michael Foundation is open Monday through Friday, 10am–4pm.
About Paula Crown
Paula Crown received an MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an A.B in management from Duke University. Her work is focused on engaging technology and traditional studio partical along with investigating the relationships between time, space, topography and humanity. She serves on President Obama’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities, is a board member of the Museum of Modern Art, Duke University, Clean Energy Trust, Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Aspen Institute Committee for the Arts. Crown is represented by Marlborough Galley in New York. Crown resides in Chicago and Aspen with her husband of 30 years and four children. For additional information please visit: paulacrown.com
About The Goss-Michael Foundation
The Goss-Michael Foundation is one of the leading contemporary British art collections in the United States. Founded by George Michael and Kenny Goss in 2007, the collection includes many important artists in contemporary art including, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Marc Quinn and Michael Craig-Martin. The Goss-Michael Foundation established the Artist-in-Residence program in April of 2013 and has recently started working with significant Dallas-based artists as part of (FEATURE). For additional information please visit: g-mf.org
The Goss-Michael Foundation
1405 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75207