Color Fields features the vibrant and colorful work of painters Chris Cox and Zifeng Zang. Chris Cox explores the interconnectedness of our lives through intuitive mark-making and a cosmic perspective. The tactility in Cox’s paintings invites viewers to meditate on their depths. Zifeng Zang's dynamic compositions celebrate movement and color, capturing the unpredictable nature of pigments. Drawing inspiration from nature and everyday moments, Zang's vibrant works invite contemplation of spirituality and imagination. Through Color Fields, viewers are immersed in the lively energy and bright movements that define Cox and Zang's work.
‘We are all connected in some way – through networks of friends and family, electronic networks, connections to nature and the universe, business connections, as well as millions of connections throughout the human mind and body. My current body of work explores those connections – be it in the macrocosm or the microcosm. My mark making is intuitive and filled with energy and action. The palette used reflects our diversity in life – warm and cold, bright and bold, tranquil and muted, monochromatic and full of color. I feel there is an energy that emerges from the movement in this work. I think of it somewhat as
a cosmic flow.
After applying layers and layers of oil paint, I have carved into the painting with wood carving knives and other tools to achieve the final image. Each painting has its own unique characteristics depending on the dryness of the paint when carved into, the heaviness or lightness of the carving, the number of different colors applied, and the tools used.
I try to abandon intention and embrace discovery, allowing the process to reveal what is there. That is when the painting becomes what it wants to be. I think of my work as peaceful and meditative with a sense of mystery.
I want the viewer of my art to feel like they can walk into and through my paintings and have a never-ending journey.’
‘My paintings are dynamic expressions of movement and color, with random interactive color relationships and vibrant hues taking center stage. I strive to capture pigments’ unpredictable and fluid nature as they interact and blend, resulting in a sense of energy and liveliness. I’ve been exploring the pouring and layering of dry media techniques to enhance the tactile quality of my work.
My inspiration comes from various sources, including nature, music, and everyday experiences. I’m drawn to the subtle moments around me, like the sun’s warmth on my skin or the ripple of water at a river’s edge. These experiences inform my work, reflecting my emotions and feelings.
I aim to create an image space inviting viewers to contemplate spirituality and imagination. Combining abstract elements and textural surfaces adds to the sensory experience, encouraging viewers to immerse themselves in the natural world and feel the spectacular sense of vastness that exists between people and space. My paintings express the connection between people and the natural world, evoking a sense of wonder and awe.’