Andrew Krasnow’s work embraces a wide spectrum of media and content, overlaid with the complexities of living in a world in which nothing can be seen in isolation. In creating intersections between disciplines, approaches and contexts that aren’t easily conjoined, his work offers provocative reconsiderations of the role art has in culture, science and philosophy. Core Texts of the Mind (1988), a breath-activated installation consisting of five human brains toting brass icons that rise on crests of water, is one such example.
His group exhibitions include the prescient exhibit Drowned World on global warming at P.S.1, the mechanical retrospective Mechanika at the Contemporary Art Center of Cincinnati, and the expansive survey of the American flag in contemporary art, Old Glory, at the Phoenix Museum of Art. Prior to the changes in its grant criteria, The National Endowment for the Arts fully funded the staging of his massive biological installation, Growth (1991). Solo shows include Stux Gallery, NY, ADM Projects, LA and GV Art, London.
In recent years, Krasnow has given way to a more sombre concern for humanity and the world it is consigning itself to. Deeply personal and profoundly iconic, these works are a compendium of history and politics, layers of symbolism not easily unwound. Often, this instils a tension between occupation and observation in the illusory search for self, most notably with his use of human tissue. As a result, he has been no stranger to the extremes of censorship and moral outrage.