Apr 22 2010
Art for Lunch / Discussion on Michael Ashkin Exhibition

12:00 - 1:00 PM, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
Visiting lecturer in the Department of Art, Anthony Graves, essayist for the recent SECESSION exhibition catalogue, will lead a tour of the exhibition titled, MICHAEL ASHKIN, on view from April 3 - July 11, 2010, at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.

Free and open to the public

Michael Ashkin's signature works from the 1990s reflect his interest in issues related to landscape, especially marginalized industrial wastelands, which was undoubtedly informed by his growing up in New Jersey. Into these quasi-documentary scale models of stagnant canals and desolate strips of interstate lined by rows of power lines, Ashkin injected a sense of the strange beauty and romanticism of such sites that tended to put the viewer in an almost meditative state of mind.  Since then, "Ashkin has complicated the terms under which his work can be approached," according to Anthony Graves, "by introducing time-based media, a shift to monochromatic sculpture, and an increasingly complex use of language." Accordingly, this exhibition, which is a celebration of the artist's 2009 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, will include photographic work, video, and a major topographical installation made from recycled cardboard, as well as writings by the artist.

Ashkin's work has been shown widely nationally and internationally, including in Documenta 11 in 2002 and the Whitney Biennial in 1997. Most recently it was the subject of a solo show at Secession in Vienna and will be on view at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina. Ashkin is currently director of graduate studies in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning's Department of Art.

For more information: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art