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Ford Crull

M-13 Gallery

Ford Crull’s paintings suggest figures, but leave it at that. They invite the viewer not so much to ascribe one particular form to a given instance of shape and color as they do to acknowledge the possibility of figuration latent in a range of incidents across the pictorial field. Sketchy black cartoon lines frequently outline Crull’s shapes and although his gestural technique is reminiscent of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s neoprimitivism, where Crull’s approach differs—and this difference is telling—is in its ongoing deferment of words and explicit iconography. A palette predominantly of pastels and white accentuates the work’s cozy decorativeness—an ironic characterization for art which was heralded as wild during the heyday of the East Village scene.

Crull’s concern with indeterminacy has roots in both Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism and he continues to depend with apparent sincerity on

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