Paul Rousso 
 

''There must not be a canon of orthodoxy where art is judged and measured. The culture cannot move forward with our heads turned backwards."

Paul Rousso

 

American artist Paul Rousso explores the relationship between the two-dimensional politics of the printed page and the multimedia promise of future-enhanced life experiences. With influences as diverse as Dr. Suess and Roy Lichtenstein, he is creating new synergies from both traditional and modern textures which become fascinated by the unrelenting divergence of meaning. By mixing the polarized worlds of the flat and the dimensional, new tensions are created that explore the theoretical limits of art and art history.

The artist uses heat infusion on plexiglass to create hyperrealistic, hyper-sized, sculptures of crumpled money. The pieces of American dollar bills as well as international currencies reach dimensions of 4 feet by 5 feet, that can be gloriously hanged on the walls. Aside from currencies, Rousso also sculpts other discarded items such as candy wrappers and magazine pages, all in massive sizes. For all of the production and manpower exerted in the crumpled appearance of these objects, Rousso's satire lies in inflating their size to inescapable proportions.

 

"Ding Dong Ding" Summer Series #123 (2013)

***Work on Paper #2" (10/20/12), "Work on Paper #2" (10/22/12) & "The Vortex" (10/16/12) on exhibit at the NAU Art Museum: Collecting for the Twenty-First Century from October 27 - December 11, 2015 

 

Ek-Sau" on Exhibit Baker Museum Naples Florida USA "100 Years Of American Abstraction" 9/5/14-10/25/14

Contributor -"Acrylic Painting With Passion" by Tesia Blackburn 2014 North Light Books

"The End Of Time" MKCDT#81 Colored Pencil Drawing On Paper 8.5" x 11" 2012 
Hunterdon Art Museum Permanent Collection, Clinton NJ 

"Geraldine" and "Stasera" 
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum Permanent Collection, University of Minnesota Minneapolis 12/17/12

"Vortex" #1 (10/16/12) Work On Paper #2 (10/20/12) and Work On Paper #2 (10/22/12) Northern Arizona University Art Museum Permanent Collection, Flagstaff (1/10/13)

"Hector" on exhibit at the Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia "Collecting for a New Century-Recent Acquisitions" January 28, 2012-May 13, 2012

 

"Ilaria's Secret" and "Beppo" on exhibit at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview Texas
 

"Dandy" on exhibit at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto PA
 

"Oleander"- on permanent display at the Saint Ambrose University Library, Davenport Iowa

"Reza" and "Rasa" sold for a private collection in Abu Dhabi, UAE
"Dandy #3", "Andino" (no photo) and "Bahrain"(no photo) sold for a private collection in New York City

 

''I'll Die By Dynamite''!

Mixed Media on Hand-Sculpted Styrene

65 x 44.5 x 5 inches / 162 x 113 x 12 cm

''An Old Lifesavers Wrapper''

Mixed Media on Hand-Sculpted Styrene

45 x 42 x 5 inches / 114 x 106 x 12 cm

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NY Times Weekend Arts''

Mixed Media on Hand-Sculpted Styrene 

49.5 x 56.5 x 9” inches / 128 x 142 x 22 cm

 

''NY Times Shop''

Mixed Media on Hand-Sculpted Styrene 

50 x 58 x 7” inches

An Exceptional 50 Quid

acrylic paint on hand-sculpted acrylic

121 x 168 x 24 cm

A Happy 20 Quid

Acrylic Paint on Hand-Sculpted Acrylic

114 x 170 x 21 cm

 

A Fat Fifty Euros, 2018
mixed media on hand sculpted acrylic styrene
120 x 165 x 20 cm

 

''American Flag Hurricaned''

Mixed Media on Hand-Sculpted Styrene

36 x 67 x 5 inches / 92 x 170 x 12 cm

''Wonder Woman with Midgets''

Mixed Media on Hand-Sculpted Styrene

62 x 42 x 6 inches