John Crowe works primarily in video and large scale installation. Without narrative, but with a physical mis-en-scene, appropriated video/film loops and sculptures distill cinema into vignettes.
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Crowe is a time-based artist,animator, and sculptor; videos have been screened at IDIO Gallery,Joymore Gallery, Fleisher Ollman, Bodega, Cinema Scope Miami, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. He studied Experimental Animation at California Institute of the Arts and holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art. Crowe cofounded VML in 2011, a live performance video group focused on the manipulation of video signal feedback.
Crowe's work is without narrative, but with a kind of physical mis-en-scene, video/film loops and sculptures distill cinema into vignettes. Utilizing suspension of disbelief and the cinematic apparatus the “tyranny of cinema” is flattened and paused. The rhythm between the smoke and mirrors, material (16mm) and ephemeral, exhibit time and technology’s function in the semantics of discovery. These spatially recontextualized videos often loop, celebrating a fear of the future and the growing literacy of the moving image. He joined Bennington as a Technical Instructor in Video and Design/Animation in Fall 2020.