No Lies Here is the first canvas of the Here Lies series where Crowder’s oil paint mix is further enhanced by the inclusion of yet another mineral, in this case the crystalline, reflective mica. Once its use had been established, this became a feature in the vast majority of subsequent paintings, giving the colours where it is deployed an extra dimension of responsiveness to the light which falls upon them.
There are also extra dimensions to the paint in comparison with earlier work, as Crowder begins the slow evolutionary process of integrating his furnace waste with the structure of his painted surface. In being engineered so, these structures not only respond more intricately to light, but actually capture it in their voids and shadows - hence darkness itself becoming one of the more subtle ‘inclusions’ in Crowder’s extraordinary work.
The painting’s title seems counter to the project’s - a contradiction, if you like: Here Lies negated by its opposite. But maybe we are becoming more attuned to the artist’s purpose here, for on closer examination the contradiction is revealed to be more apparent than real. Here Lies cannot help but suggest the concept of truth, among its several layers of meaning: No Lies Here confirms that in this, and other Crowders, we may have found it.