Each painting expresses its own unique collection of decisions involving color, the handling of brushwork, and an emphasis on repeated shapes and patterns. The resulting imagery aims to resonate like a single chord being struck, complete with nuances of each individual note playing its part to make a harmonious sound. – Naomi Chung
Naomi Chung sees the subtle underlying patterns in the ordinary. She celebrates plants, both fruit-filled and flowering, exploring the beauty of their shapes and the spaces their leaves and branches define. With light dancing on the surface of her subjects, Chung uses dramatic colors, varied brushwork, and unusual points of view to shift the viewers’ focus from familiar moments to unexpected fascinations. Sharply defined or merely suggested, Chung’s paintings allow the viewer to move between the beauty in her touch and the beauty in her subjects.
Chung’s paintings present a push and pull between representation and abstraction; between landscape and still life; between the natural and the man-made worlds; and between an artist’s reliance on invention and her close observations. At times Chung’s paintings evoke a stillness that comes from quiet contemplation, while others are dynamic, suggesting an energetic attempt to capture a fleeting moment before it passes.
Naomi Chung received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently teaches at Marymount University in Arlington VA and has served on the faculty at Montgomery College in Germantown, MD and the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. This is her 6th solo exhibition at Gross McCleaf.