Project Description

Mount Analogue (2016)

Darrow Contemporary at Performance Ski, Aspen, CO

Curated by Neville Wakefield
July 11 to August 20, 2016

“Art is a road which leads towards regions which are not governed by time and space ” – Marcel Duchamp

A Show of Symbolically Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing

For artists as much as climbers, the idea of the inaccessible has become an irrevocable part of mountain lore. Its peaks and valleys are the seismograph of geological and psychological turmoil. We seek them as places beyond reach. The wanderer famously looks out across the sea of fog. The mountain of Rene Daumal’s Mount Analogue is impossible to reach. The fools, thieves, and alchemists of Jodorosky’s later interpretation seek a place that doesn’t exist. Here the sublime and the ridiculous join forces in a struggle that is equal parts physical and mystical.

And so, as we turn to look at the mountain we find in its representations not just the rope of human endeavor but the mind-altering substances that open us to the very idea of peaks that can be conquered. Mount Analogue is a testament to the psycho-visual experience of the inaccessible. Taking place in Aspen in the summer of 2016, it may bear witness to perhaps the town’s most famous resident, the late Hunter S. Thompson, who said, “You won’t find reasonable men on the top of tall mountains.”

Included in this group show is Crown’s bronze sculpture, Untitled (Mis-registration Spike) (2014), exemplifying a partnership with robotic technology and serendipity. A cylindrical void from Crown’s Perforation series was used to calculate a form of a spike. Coordinate of weight, width, and shape were programming into a computer router to create a styrofoam maquette. The router experience a series of hiccups which resulted in misregistration from the original instructions. The index (or record) of this behavior is evident in the sculpture. Instead of smooth forms, there are discontinuous shifts in the elevations. An artificial tectonic movement of plates is created. In addition, marks of frustration, whirring, and anxiety are apparent at the base the robot attempts to work through unfilled binary directives.  This process is typical of Crown’s approach to making. She questions how 3D objects and images can be made from 2-dimensional works in multiple modes and materials. The process yields knowledge. It is “in” formation.

The exhibition will run from July 11 to Aug 20, 2016 and will be presented in a prime Aspen location, which functions in the winter months as Performance Ski, the premier Aspen ski shop.

Untitled (Mis-registration Spike), 2014, bronze

Paula Crown conversing with curator Neville Wakefield.