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Ron Cooper: Cars & Bars, Opening Reception
July 30, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
When visiting Ron Cooper’s Taos studio, one is immediately aware of the artist’s other passion—vintage cars that he races. But there is a relationship here—much like Cooper’s art, these beautiful cars draw the viewer in with their simple, classic forms, finish-fetish surfaces, and custom detailing. The title of the series, Corona Bars, refers to the artist’s most recent work, created while in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. With their transparent plexiglass sides, they capture light from all angles, electrifying the synthetic pigments and medium on their faces. Presented alongside two of Cooper’s prized classic cars, the Corona Bars invite the viewer into their own exploration of form and surface, and the relationships between hand-made contemporary art and finish-fetish car culture.
An opening reception for the artist will be held on Friday, July 30, 5-7 pm. Ron Cooper: Cars & Bars will be on view July 30-September 4.