It's not at all clear to me what these paintings are supposed to mean. They certainly look like symbolist allegories. But sometimes knowing the answers can ruin all the fun. I actually like to wonder and they do facilitate that. I'm also intrigued by how artists collect a vocabulary of images in their work. Mr. Gross has a particular obsession with burning/crashing aircraft and ice cream cones. Hmmm.
"The Last Judgment" 58x72" 2007
"Ice Cream Cone (despair)" 55x38" 2007
"Departure" 28x28" 2001