John Crouch
Pit of Despair

Inkjet prints
7 transparencies with View-Master

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In the 1970s, psychologist Harry Harlow designed a chamber called the “pit of despair” to study monkeys in extreme isolation. John Crouch’s childhood as a gay boy in a religious community bears comparison to Harlow’s reckless experiments. To explore his identity and find solace, Crouch turned to the internet, TV and film. With these self-portraits, he revisits his early years.

Angel
35 x 23 inches

Bag Head
35 x 23 inches

Bones
23 x 35 inches

Hall Wig
16 x 23 inches

Manic
23 x 16 inches

Mouth Ring
16 x 23 inches

Sock/Foot
16 x 23 inches

Wall Mirror
23 x 16 inches


2017 MFA THESIS EXHIBITION
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