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Meg Cranston

Bio

With levity and a great deal of wit, Meg Cranston (b. 1960 Baldwin, New York) has for many years investigated the intersections between individual and shared experience and how imagery and objects acquire meaning in our culture. With an eye equally enamored of color theory, design, fashion, and supermarket advertising, she makes energetic collages pairing found imagery with monochromatic abstract forms. Having moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s, she has become conversant with the city’s history and finds much inspiration in its cultural life. While oftentimes taking personal attributes or historical events as a jumping-off point, Cranston’s work is ultimately concerned with the formal language of art and the role the artist plays in helping us see the world in new ways. An iconic blond California girl greets visitors from the east wall in Cranston’s California (Full Size) (2012). A playful nod to the notion of the artist as seer or mystic, Cranston’s Fireplace 12 (2012) on the north wall borrows its colors from a spring–summer 2012 color forecast for fashion and home design. Symbols of the fire that they produce, the larger-than-life lighters conjure everything from rock concerts to religious rituals.

Gallery

Meg Cranston

Meg Cranston. California (Full Size), 2012 and Fireplace 12, 2012. Made in L.A. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 2-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.

Meg Cranston

Meg Cranston. California (Full Size), 2012 and Fireplace 12, 2012. Made in L.A. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 2-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.

Meg Cranston

Meg Cranston. Asleep at the Wheel, 2006. Gouache and collage on paper. 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Image courtesy the artist and Venetia Kapernekas Gallery, New York. Photograph by Jeff Sturges.

Meg Cranston

Meg Cranston. My Eyes Smell Onions, 2006. Paper, vinyl decals, gouache, plastic. 132 x 192 in. (335.3 x 487.7 cm). Image courtesy the artist and Venetia Kapernekas Gallery, New York. Photograph by Jeff Sturges.

Meg Cranston

Meg Cranston. Life or Death, 2009. Acrylic and gouache on paper. 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm).

Meg Cranston

Meg Cranston. Rock Bottom, 2005. Paper, gelatin silver prints, varnish. Dimensions variable. Installation view, Michael Janssen Galerie, Cologne.