an alternative to logic

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 AN ALTERNATIVE TO LOGIC

EXHIBITION: Longview Gallery Sept 27 - Oct 21, 2018

1234 9th St, NW, Washington, DC

also at Artsy

An Alternative to Logic

 

Paula Crawford An Alternative to Logic Exhibition 2018

Paula Crawford Longview Exhibition 2018

An Alternative to Logic

Paula Crawford An Alternative to Logic Exhibition 2018

An Alternative to Logic Paula Crawford Exhibition 2018

An Alternative to Logic Paula Crawford Exhibition 2018

An Alternative to Logic

An Alternative to Logic Paula Crawford Exhibition 2018

An Alternative to Logic Paula Crawford Exhibition 2018

An Alternative to Logic Paula Crawford Exhibition 2018

 

P  A  I  N  T  I  N  G  S

The works here were produced between 2016 and 2018, before, during, and after a brain injury. It was as if a strong wind had blown through my brain and scattered dreams and memories across the floor. Some were bright, others faded or torn around the edges. I decided to pick them up and paint them.

An Alternative to Logic Paula Crawford Exhibition 2018

            Melting Sun, 72" x 120" (183 x 305 cm), Oil on Canvas (2 panels), 2018

                The earth is getting hotter, as if the sun were melting. But maybe we are melting

An Alternative to Logic Paula Crawford Exhibition 2018

                New Year's Eve, Beebe, Arkansas/3,  64"" x 96"" (163 x 244 cm), Oil on Canvas, 2016

“We heard the first bird fall at 11:57 p.m., then probably 10 more over the next minute,” local resident Mabel Jean Jackson tells us. “We pulled the lawn chairs out on the front porch and didn’t hear anything for a couple of minutes. Then at midnight on the dot the sky fell out. They just kept falling. We couldn’t see the ground after a few seconds.” Local meteorologist Jeff Baskin tells us he began monitoring several large masses on radar moving in the direction of Beebe shortly before the bird deaths. Experts say that it appears the birds traveled from around the country to the area before their death.

An Alternative to Logic Paula Crawford Exhibition 2018

                Partial Eclipse, (August 21, 2017), 60" x 80" (152 x 203 cm), Oil on Canvas, 2017

In places where the solar eclipse was partial, it projected crescent moon shadows onto the ground like thousands of bird wings

An Alternative to Logic Paula Crawford Exhibition 2018

Untitled, 76” x 152” (193 x 387 cm), oil on canvas, 2018 (2 panels)

An Alternative to Logic Paula Crawford Exhibition 2018

 New Year's Eve, Beebe, Arkansas/4,  60"" x 80"" (152 x 203 cm), Oil on Canvas, 2016

“We heard the first bird fall at 11:57 p.m., then probably 10 more over the next minute,” local resident Mabel Jean Jackson tells us. “We pulled the lawn chairs out on the front porch and didn’t hear anything for a couple of minutes. Then at midnight on the dot the sky fell out. They just kept falling. We couldn’t see the ground after a few seconds.” Local meteorologist Jeff Baskin tells us he began monitoring several large masses on radar moving in the direction of Beebe shortly before the bird deaths. Experts say that it appears the birds traveled from around the country to the area before their death.

An Alternative to Logic Paula Crawford Exhibition 2018

Sophie’s moon, 72” x 96” (183 x 244 cm), Oil on canvas, 2018 (2 panels)                             

Sophie’s theory: When someone dies, the soul flies to the moon. The moon waxes bigger and brighter as it fills up with souls. When the moon is full, the souls fly up to the heavens. The moon disappears, and it starts over.

An Alternative to Logic Paula Crawford Exhibition 2018

                           When Water becomes air, 64” x 96 (163 x 244 cm)”, oil on canvas, 2016-18                              

When water becomes air, things lose their edges. The horizon is blurred like the line between life and death, or home and somewhere unknown.

An Alternative to Logic Paula Crawford Exhibition 2018

Handwriting Practice, 72” x 120” (183 x 305 cm), oil on canvas, 2017 (2 panels)                      

She practiced her handwriting in the sky with vapor as her ink

An Alternative to Logic Paula Crawford Exhibition 2018

No-place, 66” x 90” ” (168 x 229 cm), oil on canvas, 2017

An Alternative to Logic Paula Crawford Exhibition 2018

Sky Graph, 66” x 90” (168 x 229 cm), oil on canvas, 2017                                                              

She imagined the stars had a mathematical order that could be graphed. In a chapel she saw a blue ceiling with gold stars at perfect intervals. Someone else had had the same desire

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Painting in Studio

 

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