|Opening Reception and artist talks. Sam Chung (left) gives insight to his new forms.|
The second day of my residency here at Anderson Ranch proves eventful! Christa Assad and Sam Chung have a joint exhibition titled "Forward and Back" and "Cumulous Dreams," respectively, at Harvey Meadows Gallery in downtown Aspen, February 7th - March 6th. Coincidentally, these two artists had their first exhibition at the gallery together here some years ago, and are also both Anderson Ranch alumni.
|Teapot by Christa Assad|
|Christa Assad collaborative work|
|Sam Chung, vases with graphic cloud forms.|
|Drum-Shaped Bottle with Peony Decoration. Korean, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910); late 15th–early 16th century Buncheong with iron-painted design; © Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Treasure no. 1387. Source: http://londonkoreanlinks.net/|
When asked about the flat, round surfaces of some works, he admitted that he came to a bit of a stop in how to handle the surface design of that unique protrusion of the form, but decided to again reference historic Korean imagery of the sun setting or rising behind the clouds (see image above, vase with flowers, right). I question the stylistic longevity of such strong lines and bold colors, but it seems that Mr. Chung is not a stranger to pushing boundaries and finding new inspiration for his forms.
Both Christa and Sam are working with the vessel, and with marrying form with 2-D painted surfaces, but the spectrum of interpretations on those two themes was wide, and so, I appreciate the physical separation of the work in the gallery space. Christa's show is neatly on the left as you enter the gallery, and Sam's is cohesively placed on the right.
It was quite a treat for my first night in Aspen. The second treat was witnessing these two very successful artists try their hand at a Karaoke duet sometime later that evening along with several staff and resident artists from the Ranch.
More treats to come . . . stay tuned.