At a time when the public is constantly seduced by surrealistic visual orgies in the medium of popular film as well as art, it is refreshing to examine work that continues the project of non-figurative abstraction and the goal of attaining maximum contemplative engagement without the use of mind numbing special effects.Ros Cross’ work articulates the energy of the world made up of atoms, in constant movement and fluctuation. Her 2D work borders on the kinetic, leaving the viewer with a sense that her paintings and drawings are ever-flowing rhythmic currents, like the blood stream of a living organism.
— Ramone Munoz 2016
My work is predominantly an investigation into the relationship between the discrete and the continuous. It is inspired by the connections between elemental states, forces or energy fields, visible or invisible, and explores what happens at the junction between one thing and another. Such edges and boundaries have visual friction, are sites of flux, and these natural processes of exchange and reciprocity provide a point of departure for my creative process.
As a working methodology, I like to set up a structural system of some sort to work within, a framework in which I can act intuitively and make explorations defined by chosen parameters. This allows for certain formal congruities between works in a series, but also permits me to experiment and play within rules I have set for myself. Early sculptural work used textiles and resins, evolving into the use of humble everyday materials such as concrete and found industrial materials, repurposing their functional origins towards a goal of exploring oppositional tensions, states of balance between co-existing forms. Recent work has explored geometry as a fundamental reality of the universe, using the language of point, line and plane to explore definitions of form and space, solid and void, physical and metaphysical.
My artistic practice investigates the possibility of dissolving such boundaries, suggesting or revealing, even for a moment, the possibility of a transformational state, whether physical or psychological.— Ros Cross
Born in Kent, England. Educated at Central School of Art and Royal College of Art, London. Currently lives and works in Los Angeles and maintains a studio in Joshua Tree CA.
2016 “The Universe of the Interior — Non Figurative Abstraction” Danziger/Cross/Kahn, AndLab Gallery, Los Angeles CA
2014 Liz Bachhuber and Ros Cross - LA Artcore Brewery Annex
2014 “Now and Then” Solo exhibition San Jose Museum, CA2012 Establishes new studio in Joshua Tree CA.2007 Resumes studio art practice focusing on
sculpture, drawing and monoprints1985 Professional landscape designer Work featured in Los Angeles Times, Harper’s Bazaar and Casa Vogue1984 “Untitled” Zanzibar, London
1981 “Wallworks” University Art Gallery, USC,
1980 “Big Drawing Show” Newspace, Los Angeles
“Monoprints” Shofa Gallery, Los Angeles
“Aztlan Multiples” Zero Zero Gallery,
“It’s All Called Painting” Municipal
Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles
“Tableau” Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles1978 “Pre-80’s” Vanguard Gallery, Los Angeles
1977 “Untitled” Suzy Langlois Gallery, Paris
“Open Studio” Larchmont Gallery, Los Angeles
1976 “New American Quilt” Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles
Group show subsequently traveled to the following locations:
Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York
Missoula Museum of the Arts, Montana
University Art Gallery, Grand Forks, North Dakota
The Rogue Gallery, Medford, Oregon
New Mexico Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Touchstone Gallery, Chicago
Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Arizona
Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri
Tampa Bay Arts Center, Tampa, Florida
University of Tennessee, Tennessee