The Mountain of Westward Expansion

by William Crump

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Artist Statement

In 2007, I developed a new body of paintings and drawings titled High Lonesome. The title was inspired by an odd sign for a Christian ministry that I saw on a street corner while on a visit to Seoul, Korea. It read: The Mountain of Fire and Miracles. I interpreted this sign as a promise of some higher world, an exit from a world below that is at odds with its own changing identity. My current work glimpses this new world. The viewer is led across the chasm that falls between reality and fantasy, crossed only by imagination and sentimental longing. All the iconic characters we pretended to be as children are present: the explorer, the animal and the cowboy; all heroes to our formative selves. These works explore the idea of being caught between who we imagined we should become and what we in fact have become. Through this lens I seek to remake our childish dreams into a more forgiving view of our present circumstances. My work is a romantic version of a distinctly American question: how to cross the desert between our heroes and ourselves.

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+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

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Edition Structure:
11"x8.5" | edition of 200 
22"x17" | edition of 20
40"x30" | edition of 2

William Crump

William Crump received his BFA from Ringling School of Art and Design in 1994. He currently lives and works in New York. In 2014 he joined TSA Gallery in Brooklyn, which serves as curatorial platform for artists. He is currently represented by Station Independent Projects in New York. In 2014 William was selected for The Artist Pension Trust. His work has been exhibited throughout the US and Europe. Forthcoming curatorial projects will be held at TSA Gallery in Brooklyn and Station Independent Projects in New York.
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