Cindy TowerAmerican, Lives and works in New York City, NY.
Cindy Tower paints large-scale oil paintings of overloaded, exhausted, depleted American industries on location with a bodyguard. Her working methods cannot be separated from what she chooses to depict.
Raw in spirit and conviction, Tower's highly articulated works provide evidence of their making and engage the viewer in a visceral, otherworldly experience. Composite views of decrepitude become metaphors of bodily functions and reflect the political climate of our modern world. Wet, gloppy oil paint is loosely applied with control--in a manner in which subjects miraculously dematerialize and reemerge continuously. Tower's painting practice mirrors her concept of gradual accumulation that provides an exhausting, claustrophobic sensation and raises questions regarding the complexity and level of exchange that occurs in our modern world. Consumption, intimacy, obsolescence and loss, the paintings are an overwhelming celebration of materials and process. They provide the viewer with a visceral, physical experience that not only engages but actually engulfs the viewer in the self-contained environment of each work of art.
Born in Alamogordo, New Mexico, Cindy Tower received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 1988, and her BFA at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Tower has exhibited nationally and has been the focus of numerous one-person exhibitions including the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis, and most recently, at the Crisp Museum, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, where her "Workplaces" series was shown.
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