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Rosson Crow's Psychedelic Interiors Set the Stage at Sargent's Daughters

(Homepage image) Rosson Crow with one of her paintings.
(Photo by Scott Indrisek )

Rosson Crow is a Los Angeles-based painter, but it’s fitting that for her first New York solo exhibition in years, she’s engaging with one of the Big Apple’s undersung talents: Florine Stettheimer. “She’s a fascinating artist who time has forgotten, in a sense,” Crow said. “Florine was very focused on interiors, and interior design — the spaces she created in her own home were really unique and elaborate. She was very interested in the theatrical.” (New Yorkers can see works by the late Stettheimer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as in the Whitney Museum's inaugural survey show, “America Is Hard To See.”)

Crow’s large-scale canvases are equally concerned with the dramatic, awash in unreal colors created by layering various paints atop a compositional skeleton of Xerox transfer. There are no human protagonists in these spaces — Crow isn’t very interested in populating her interiors. “I’m much more interested in the idea of empty spaces,” she said, “almost like a stage that the viewer is able to step onto, to experience the space’s psychological effects.” (Speaking of psychology: the “hysteria” in the exhibition’s title refers to the label promiscuously applied by the profession to many female maladies toward the beginning of the century.)

How does Crow think Stettheimer herself would respond to her end of this intergenerational “spatial conversation”? “I hope she’d appreciate the work,” the artist laughed. “I think we have similar sensibilities in a lot of ways. She was someone who almost functioned outside of the art world, doing her own thing — and I feel like that sometimes, too.”