Stylistically recalling the blacked-out forms of graffiti stencils, Joel Crosswell’s images are like a series of visual codes pieced together from the inky extracts of subconscious memory. Crosswell incorporates graphically bold and fluid shapes constructed from felt and slicked with resin, placing them onto contrasting pale and textured backgrounds.
In works like Make up, break up, make up (2020), vertical strips split the background like splintered glass as felt silhouettes of hammers bloom upwards into the centre. What’s your poison? (2020), presents a pair of shadowy figures peering at a snake-like spiral hovering between them. The inclusion of felt and resin lends an industrially tactile element to Crosswell’s surfaces, with some containing pieces of felt roughly sewn together and others possessing a viscous façade like honey.
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