The most recent painting in the exhibition, The Spirit In The Mass took several hundred hours to complete. The paint used in the final passage of colour - the slowly shading light gold - is made from pigment admixed with a very finely ground bone dust: invisible to the eye, it can nonetheless be felt by the fingertips, in that exploratory gesture of touch that Crowder always welcomes as ‘completing’ the work of his art.
The phrase from which Crowder’s title is derived belongs to the great British modernist painter David Bomberg. There is no space here to properly explore either artist’s interpretation, but in Crowder’s case at least it should be read (heard?) as echoing Hegel’s famous remark in the Phenomenology of Spirit that Der geist ist ein knochen, or “the spirit is a bone”.
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