room for painting 10 - Clem Crosby: recent paintings
For the 10th show in the room for painting we present selected works by London-based painter Clem Crosby, gestural oils done on formica supports, mounted on aluminum back frames. Crosby is working at the radical center of a growing circle of painters who accept the accumulated legacy of art history and contemporary culture in their work, but without any traces of the irony that characterized a generation of appropriation. He works in relentless cycles of revision, corrective erasure, and overlay, mixing topical concerns with reference to the past as seamlessly as he mixes color and drawing. The resulting paintings are at once emotional and yet rigorously intellectual, improvised and yet painstakingly considered. Speaking of the material upon which he paints, Crosby notes,
"The use of the laminate Formica allows me to revise, edit, erase and re-work the paint, unlike canvas which eventually clogs with paint. And the anonymity of the laminate adds to the sense of detachment."
Clem Crosby has shown in London with Laure Genillard and the Lisson Gallery. His work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, the UC Berkeley Art Museum, the Stedilijk Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. He is the recipient of the RIBA 2007 award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.