Fred Schnider Gallery of Art Presents Naomi Chung Aglow

By Editorial Team on November 28, 2022

Sat, 12 November 2022 - Mon, 26 December 2022

Courtesy of the Fred Schnider Gallery of Art.

The Fred Schnider Gallery of Art (888 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA) opens its next exhibit, Aglow on November 12th. Aglow showcases the work of Naomi Chung.  This exhibition contains a number of framed canvass’ in sizes big and small.

Naomi Chung Bio:

Naomi Chung received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a painter who has been represented by the Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, PA for over 20 years and is affiliated with the Art Registry Group in Washington, DC. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the Dedalus Foundation Fellowship, the Charles Addams Memorial Prize and the Innovative Teaching Award from the School of Design, Arts and Humanities at Marymount University.  Her works are part of numerous collections both public and private including the McDonalds Corporation, Honeywell, Merck, University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, NJ and Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Richmond, VA. Most recently, her painting became part of a temporary collection of the official residence of the US Ambassador to Canada. Naomi currently teaches in the Art Foundations Program at Virginia Commonwealth University and Design courses at Montgomery College and has taught Painting, Drawing, Color Theory and Design at Marymount University and the Mclean Project for the Arts.

Naomi Chung’s Artist Statement for Aglow

This body of work captures a unique, stylized representation of nature.  Rather than a pictorial account, the paintings offer a multi-sensational experience and a glimpse into the underlying forces at work in the landscape.  Intense color, lines and shapes that are sometimes sharply defined and other times evocative aim to elicit visceral responses beyond the visual. In an attempt to capture the full spectrum of a constantly evolving world I broke down the constraints that still landscapes offers and opted for compositions and environments that appeared to be in a constant state of flux. As colors and shapes alternate under light and shadow, a rhythm to the overall image emerges as the eye follows these repeated patterns and directional shifts. A slight return to abstraction allowed me to immerse myself in the nuances of the painting process, exploring a variety of applied textures, the use id unnatural color and their relationships to one another in unconventional compositions.  As I freed myself from the limitations of identifiable imagery, I became more interested in shifting the viewers focus from the familiarity and recognition to that of mystification and disorientation.

Through the dramatization of a non-human viewer such as an insect or a bird, I imagined the lens from which they might experience the world.  The perceptions of color might be skewed toward the ultraviolet range and smells, temperatures, directional winds and cosmic forces might become more prominent.  These elements of nature seem to function as survival mechanisms or roadmaps that help animals navigate their way as an integral part of an interconnected network of life.  The same elements served as inspiration to the composition of my paintings.  Interactions of shapes and colors shifted with every brushstroke and conceptions of scale and space remain uncertain.  Contradictions between detail and ambiguity were also at play as emotions or instincts sometimes became responsible for the distortion of imagery.

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursday – Saturday: 12pm-7pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Fred Schnider Gallery of Art – 888 N. Quincy Street, Suite 102, Arlington, VA.