Häusler Contemporary

Judy Ledgerwood »Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation«

Judy Ledgerwood »Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation«

Judy Ledgerwood, vorbereitende Studie für »Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation«, 2013

Judy Ledgerwood
»Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation«
Graham Foundation, Madlener House, Chicago
Opening: January 23, 2014
Exhibition until April 5, 2014

In »Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation«, Chicago-based painter Judy Ledgerwood creates an immersive, site-specific wall painting that transforms the first-floor galleries of the Foundation’s historic Madlener House (designed by Richard E. Schmidt and Hugh M. G. Garden and built in 1901–02.). Enveloping visitors in an optically expansive field of vibrant fluorescent colors with a metallic floral motif that pulsates in close proximity to the building’s Prairie-style ornamentation, this installation explores the possibilities of painting as it approaches the conditions of architecture—where walls take on new meaning and function, and the surface, the possibility to produce new affects. Intentionally confusing viewers’ perception of space through her use of hot color and reflective pattern, Ledgerwood prompts us to consider the divergent ways that pattern, color, ornamentation, and surface have been variously coded, gendered, repressed, and embraced in art and architecture.

Concurrent with her exhibition at the Graham Foundation, Ledgerwood has completed another wall painting at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. Chromatic Patterns for the Smart Museum will run through Spring 2015.

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