Häusler Contemporary Zürich is pleased to first present in Switzerland ceramics made by American painter Judy Ledgerwood at Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg in 2018. Along with new paintings by the artist who unites different facets of art and cultural history in her work, a highly sensual exhibition comes into being, offering in-depth insight into Ledgerwood's conceptual artistic approach.
The powerful color and opulent ornamentation of the works of Judy Ledgerwood (born 1959, Brazil, US, lives in Chicago and Sawyer, US) are deeply rooted in the tradition of painting. Ever since the beginning of her career, the artist consciously takes her own position within recent art history and challenges its prevailing, supposedly fixed premises and role assignments. She adopts influences from color-field and action painting and combines them with simple geometric patterns reminiscent of popular culture and textile design, often assigned to femininity.
Several residencies at Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg since 2016 gave Ledgerwood the unique opportunity to combine her innovative artistic approach with a traditional craft, the results of which we proudly present for the first time in Switzerland. The vessels from 2018 and selected paintings on canvas and on paper provide a comprehensive overview of the artist's oeuvre.