Chase Hall: Clouds in My Coffee 5 March–9 April 2022 Galerie Eva Presenhuber Waldmannstrasse 6 Zurich, 8001 Switzerland
Galerie Eva Presenhuber is pleased to present Clouds in My Coffee, the gallery’s first solo exhibition by the American artist Chase Hall.
When Chase Hall started painting about a decade ago, he made his first works in a resourceful, even furtive way. Rather than pursue a formal arts education, he used a nearby art school’s trash. As the departing students left their materials behind after each semester, he appropriated the discarded stretcher bars and partially-used tubes of paint.
With these supplies, new cotton canvas, and the inventive use of brewed coffee grounds as a pigment, Hall has produced a powerful, art historically significant body of work that addresses a wide range of socio-cultural issues, from the complexities of race, the weighty histories of coffee and cotton and the ways they are interwoven with the transatlantic trade, a myriad of other specific cultural references and personages as subject matter, and personal meditations on his own place in society.