Crocker also references album cover designs from the 1970s and ’90s, though, as well as the belief systems and artifacts of 6th century pagan Britain. This merging of past and present is reflected in works like Double GodHead Style (2015), a powerful painting consisting of two large, adjacent totem-like heads. Rendered with bold, calligraphic lines, each face has a violent, tooth-filled mouth, an abstracted nose, and exaggerated eyes. Blotches and marks show through from the backside of the work, forming a decorative patterning and layers of images that sometimes manage to fit logically. There is a quickness to Crocker’s mark-making that imparts a sense of passion and energy, as though we are seeing these otherworldly faces pour directly out of the artist’s head. They call to mind many generations and cultures worth of inscrutable deities, all packed into one powerful image.
“Wyrd” is on view at Ana Cristea Gallery, New York, Oct. 15–Nov. 14, 2015.