SCAD University Press
Daniel S. Palmer, Chase Hall, Larry Ossei-Mensah
21 x 26.7 cm / 8.3 x 10.5 in
Ascendent artist Chase Hall is celebrated for figurative works that interrogate the socioeconomic and cultural realities of America through innovative painting techniques and iconography that engages the past and the present. Using coffee grounds as pigment on raw cotton canvases, Hall varies the levels of coarseness and fineness of the bean to achieve a range of tonal values, metaphorically articulating a non-monolithic Black experience and referencing his biracial identity. In Chase Hall: The Close of Day, the artist united new paintings and an evocative installation featuring a century-old, self-playing Wurlitzer organ. The exhibition incisively addressed a range of issues, from the complexities of race and labor to the weighty histories of coffee, cotton, and other commodities, as well as personal meditations on Hall's own place in society and history.
This landmark publication, the artist's first monograph, features prolific imagery documenting the exhibition paired with accompanying texts that add critical insight on the cultural significance of his work. The catalogue features an astute essay by Daniel S. Palmer, chief curator of the SCAD Museum of Art, which delves into the artist's process and position within art history, and a thought-provoking conversation between Hall and independent curator Larry Ossei-Mensah.
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