Pearl Escapade, Acrylic paint on hand scuplted acrylic, 82 x 47 x 9 in
Puddled Pearl ,Acrylic paint on hand scuplted acrylic, 33 x 41 x 7 in
NY Times 6-29-14, Mixed Media on hand sculpted acrylic, 90 x 43 x 6 inches
NY Times 2-20-15, Mixed media on hand sculpted acrylic, 90 x 44 x 7 inches
NY Time Arts and Leisure 9/13/15, 2016, Mixed media on hand sculpted acrylic, 49 x 31 x 8 in
NY Times Museum Sections 3/17/16-B, 2016, Mixed media on hand sculpted acrylic, 51 x 60 x 5 in
Pop culture and its inherent, convicting sensibilities are super-sized in Paul Rousso’s ‘document’ works. Reaching dimensions of up to 4 by 5 feet, the artist plays on the ironic act of ‘discarding’ elements such as money and magazine pages; their disheveled appearances are merely a mask. By enacting a practically effortless gesture, these objects shift from desire to detritus.
For all of the production value and manpower exerted in creating dollar bills and glossy magazine folds, Paul's satirical ploy lies in inﬂating their size to gross proportions, while still appearing ‘used’. Use implies the object becoming useless, while the ‘new’ is a fantasy.