Produced on the occasion of Paula Crown's solo exhibition Architecture of Memory in Venice 2018
Metal pin with clasp.
SOLO TOGETHER has become one of Paula Crown’s most recognizable bodies of work manifested in multiple mediums and scales. The series began with the crushing of solo cups, which were then cast painstakingly in plaster and painted meticulously by hand.
Like a palimpsest, the earth tells the tale of collective marks, accretions, and excavations. The production and disposal of single-use plastics poison our water and our air. SOLO TOGETHER highlights the social, environmental, and cultural complexities behind this familiar icon. The bright red cup evokes a party culture. But, after the party, who will clean up the physical remains of a transient event? SOLO TOGETHER is a call to mindfulness and consideration of how each gesture, mark, and word can affect our existence and environment in profound ways. We exist in dual modes…solo and together.