Rosson Crow — the 28-year-old artist — knows how to invade a space so you’re immersed in atmosphere. Case in point, Crow — born in Dallas, Texas and now living in Los Angeles — opened a new show called “Bowery Boys” at Deitch Projects last week. She created giant tableaus of popular New York bars and hangs, from the Cock, a renowned East Village boys’ pick-up joint; the subway stops along the Bowery; the new top floor lounge at the Standard Hotel (formally known as “the Boom Boom Room”); right down to artist Kenny Scharf’s Cosmic Cavern in Brooklyn. The latter, opened this summer in Bushwick, Brooklyn by Scharf in the same space as his studio, hosts impromptu parties every six weeks or so for artists in the know.
At the opening, Crow, who also designed her own fabric in black and red to match her large-scale paintings, worked with designer Zac Posen, who added the appropriate lady cowgirl bustle. The artist herself presided like a Southern dame at a high cocktail as she greeted guests with a warm “pleased to meet you” smile. But don’t be fooled. Her work also deals not only with the so-called glamour of night spots, but the loss and destruction of such shiny places. Perhaps that’s why she blurs the lines, uses drips and blends that confuse the subject. Still they’re neon and make us, to quote R.E.M., “Shiny, bright, happy people.”
Rosson Crow, at Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster Street NYC, until March 27th.