COLOR COLOR: a two woman exhibition featuring Ling Chun and Ashley Norwood Cooper
ZINC contemporary is pleased to present a two woman exhibition entitled COLOR COLOR featuring the works of ceramic artist Ling Chun and painter Ashley Norwood Cooper. The ecstatic approach to color and texture by both artists is abundant and palpable.
Ling Chun has a drive, a lust and a greed for color. She describes her ceramic forms as “playgrounds for glaze”, and she likes to challenge the rules and roles of ceramics as a material by disassociating the material from its stereotypical or culturally accepted uses. Hers is an intuitive process—over multiple firings and layers of glazes, her work is born of the spontaneous dripping, sliding, running, climbing and crawling that occurs.
Finally, Ling adds hair to her finished pieces, which she sees as an extension of the glaze and signifies a progression and change in how the material is viewed.
Ashley Norwood Cooper states "Nothing will ever replace painting because nothing makes a mess like paint. It oozes and stains, drips and streaks, fades, chips and permeates. Paint refuses to abandon its illusions almost as stubbornly as it refuses to follow through on its own lies. Of all the genres in art, none is as problematic as figure painting. Here the battle between form and content plays out on the fields closest to home.
I paint because I am drawn to messiness. It fascinates me. I swoon when I see a gracious accident on the easel, but I have a perverse respect for the truth I see in clumsiness. I revel in inconsistencies and can’t make myself fix them or cover them up."