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Rosson Crow Catalogue

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This catalogue accompanies Rosson Crow's exhibition WESTIFICATION at MOCA.

The series of work in WESTIFICATION utilizes the medium of contemporary landscapes—specifically largescale paintings of the American West—to examine America’s political landscape. At the core of these paintings are themes of westward expansion and manifest destiny, as well as American influence, for better or worse, on global culture. Scattered amongst the brilliantly colored cacti are beer cans, flags, and detritus tagged with ugly symbols and relics of our perceived national exceptionalism. Inspired by road trips through the desert and her extensive archive of photographs, vintage postcards, and political ephemera, Crow creates giant, post-apocalyptic paintings using photo transfer and traditional painting techniques—a process that mirrors her landscapes in which the natural collides with the man-made, where the lines between the real and artificial are blurred.

Rosson Crow was born in 1982 in Dallas, Texas and lives in Los Angeles. She received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2004 and an MFA from Yale University in 2006. Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain, Sérignan, France (2014); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH (2010); and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX (2009). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Royal Academy of Arts; London, UK; Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, France; and Macro Future Museum, Rome, Italy. She is currently represented by Honor Fraser Gallery.