November 1 - January 11, 2020
Kroll is well aware of the iconography of Vanitas or memento mori painting, but his paintings aren’t piled high with luxury items. There is a juxtaposition of brevity and plausible permanence between the birds, for example, and the vessels on which they perch, but a bird’s awareness of the present moment is quite different from human awareness that worldly things are fleeting. Kroll is not a moralist; his deliberately spare arrangements of pictorial elements are a way to push back against our yearning to find a narrative in these exquisitely crafted scenes.
- excerpt from Manifestations of Nature in the work of David Kroll by Buzz Spector, 2019