Los Angeles-based artist Russell Crotty makes ink drawings of nighttime skies based upon his own astronomical obser- vations. Merging two and three dimensions, he draws on large globes, inverting our notions of planet and sky. We become boundless observers of a contained universe.
Crotty also combines the drawings into giant books, the scale of which again manipulates our sense of place in the cosmos. The books include anecdotal text and notations from his field expeditions, exhaustively descriptive and intentionally verging on bad poetry and self-parody.
Crotty’s work will be included in The Museum of Modern Art (New York) exhibition “Contemporary Drawing” in October and the San Jose Museum of Art’s “Post Cool” exhibition in November.