In the exhibition Judy Ledgerwood «Hello Again» Häusler Contemporary Zurich presents paintings and works on paper by American artist Judy Ledgerwood (born 1959 in Brazil, Indiana). Following her much noticed first solo exhibition in Switzerland at our gallery in 2008, the artist will now show her new group of works executed in encaustic.
Influenced by extensive travel in India this year in spring Judy Ledgerwood will exhibit her new works inspired by the Indian Holi festival. During this festival in spring people throw colored powders on each other. The color swirls and whirls that result of this can be found in the works in encaustic by the artist. The pigments dissolved in hot wax develop luminous power and intensive chromaticity. The painting obtains tension due to asymmetrically spread color within the symmetrical structure of the work.
The paintings recall Mandala, a singular meditation, and possess a strong physical character due to pastose paint application. Among small and medium-sized paintings, one of the highlights of the
exhibition will be a wall painting that Judy Ledgerwood has designed and will realize for the gallery.
Since the 1980s the American artist combines in her paintings light and color and in doing so she mediates a feeling for matter and space. Judy Ledgerwood gained recognition for her abstract compositions «feminine» pastel colors, which were reminiscent of landscape paintings – a selfconscious challenge of the classical tradition of gesture abstraction. Since the 1990s she has been reducing her painterly vocabulary basic geometric forms such as circles and squares. Her works are close to popular culture such as fashion and textile design. Thereby the artist is not apprehensive to approach decorative ornamental forms that are familiar to us in textile artisan craftwork.
Judy Ledgerwood’s paintings have been included in numerous international exhibitions, among others at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Renaissance Society of Chicago. Her works are represented in important collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Since 2003 the multi-awarded artist teaches at Northwestern University, Chicago.