Susan Spencer Crowe: a playful minimalism

Susan Spencer Crowe’s solo exhibition of encaustic-painted wall pieces and sculptures at the gallery at R&F Handmade Paints, entitled “Encaustic/Form II,” has its roots in the Minimalist art of the 1960s. She employs Minimalism’s rigor of form and its use of the grid, but the playfulness, wit and rich pictorial associations of her work express a very different sensibility.

Along the walls of the squarish gallery are a series of similarly shaped, modular pieces arranged in a grid, made out of cardboard and covered in encaustic paint. Several pieces consist of a grouping of . . .

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