CROW is a German painter and performance artist whose artistic work is rooted in rock music. As founder, singer and songwriter of the heavy metal band “Medusa’s Child” it is not surprising that his inspiration also comes from music. So he says himself: “You can also paint a song”.
CROW lived in Beijing & Shanghai, China from 2011 to 2021, where he caused a big stir with his Unleashed performances and his installation Shadeless Emperor in the Gobi Desert. Unleashed impressively demonstrates the artist’s close connection to music. It is reminiscent of Yves Klein’s Human Paintbruches, as the artist unleashes individuals on canvases to the rhythms of rock music. The result is abstract paintings that follow the dynamics of movement and music. Shadeless Emperor is an installation of tree stumps and fading shadows that draws attention to man’s destructive encroachment on nature. China’s National Geographic devoted a special feature to the installation.
CROW works meticulously in the creation of his drawings which are summarized under the work title “Soul Asylum”. His portraits merge with detailed references to the inner worlds of the models, and the multiplicity of forms is intended to help us sense how comprehensive and far-reaching existence is. Technically excellent, CROW presents the sublime of uniqueness in his depictions of Butoh dancers and once again demonstrates his range of artistic ability.