As part of its ongoing Art in Unexpected Places program, Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) will feature the work of Chicago and Aspen-based multi-media artist Paula Crown. Paula Crown is a multimedia artist with a practice encompassing drawing, painting, video and sculpture. Crown rigorously incorporates cutting-edge technology, collaboration and a commitment to sustainability in her studio.
The five lift-ticket designs give a curated view into Crown’s sprawling sculptural installation, SOLO TOGETHER. Using the form of the crushed red Solo cup in the form of 150 unique hand-painted plaster sculptures, the work unpacks the symbol of all-American fun. The ubiquitous, single-use plastic cup offers an opportunity to contemplate a number of complex ideas including environmental awareness, the singular experience of togetherness, FOMO, and a consumer culture defined by abundance and optimism.
In their full form, SOLO TOGETHER’s cups stand in the absence of a party, each sculpture titled with the personality that may have created it. With titles like “Failing Out” and “Keeping Up Appearances,” a taxonomy of characters is assigned to the forms. The imagined internal and social energy is stored in the facsimile of crushed plastic. Crown points to the transference of energy that takes place as we record our presence in everything we touch. Looking toward a new generation defined by climate change, SOLO TOGETHER takes the leftover traces we make in plastic and makes them uncannily heavy underneath the bright and cheerful red coating.