RON COOPER | CARS & BARS
When visiting Ron Cooper’s Taos studio, one is immediately aware of the artist’s other passion – cars – vintage cars that he races. His 1936 “Black Beauty” Ford five window coupe parked directly in front of the studio is the first attraction even before entering the building. But there is a relationship here – much like Cooper’s art, these beautiful cars, including the two that will be on display in Ron Cooper: Cars & Bars, draw the viewer in with their simple, classic forms, finish-fetish surfaces, and custom detailing.
With their transparent Plexiglas sides, Ron Cooper’s "Corona Bars" capture light from all angles, electrifying the synthetic pigments and medium on their faces. Presented alongside two of the artist’s prized classic cars, his new work invites the viewer into their own exploration of light, form, and surface, and the relationships between hand-made contemporary art and finish-fetish car culture.