Magritte’s Brand of Surrealism, Revived in Tim Crowder’s Uncanny World
Tim Crowder has built a career out of turning well-worn art forms, such as landscape painting and found-object sculpture, into sardonic, incisive commentaries on the world around us. Focusing on such themes as overconsumption and climate change, Crowder specializes in humorous yet philosophical works. Crowder is inspired by the actionist artist Franz West who declared that art must have a use as well as an aesthetic value. His recent projects include sewing humorous texts onto images of English manor houses and a series of paintings in which the invasive kudzu vine—a common feature of the American South—covers homes, snowmen, and alienated, romantic figures.
American, b. 1956, Silksen, Missouri