‘Beauty and Purpose’ by Tim Crowder

Take what you know about art and turn it on its head. Tim Crowder’s paintings, drawings, assemblage and sculpture, currently on display in “Beauty and Purpose,” are anti-aesthetic. His philosophy is summed up by a quote from artist Franz West: “It doesn’t matter what the art looks like but how it’s used.” When viewing Crowder’s second solo exhibition at garner narrative, it’s best to go in with an open mind. It can quickly become an internal question and answer session. If Crowder is focusing on the utilitarian, how does (insert art here) actually work? Is he making a political statement as well? It’s best to remember another quote by West: “If the form is useful, then it’s beautiful.”


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‘Beauty and Purpose’ by Tim Crowder

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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