Claire Ashley's "Night Visions"
On display through March 17, "Night Visions" is inspired by Grace Jones’ iconic 1981 album “Nightclubbing.” Chicago-based artist Claire Ashley’s uses humor, acidic color and absurd pop culture references to create large-scale inflatable painting/sculpture-hybrid work that rejects longstanding art world traditions. The exhibition will be presented at Georgia Southern University’s Contemporary Gallery at the Center for Art and Theatre from Feb. 15 - March 17. A lecture and reception will be Feb. 15. The Artist Talk will begin at 5 p.m. in Art Building, room 2071, with the reception to follow immediately after, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Art & Theatre.
“I wanted to bring Claire’s work here because it's got a good combination of being challenging, while at the same time being fun and engaging. Art that poses big questions like what is art? or why is this art? Can sometimes be be dull or stuffy, but Ashley's work is anything but,” said Gallery Director Jason Hoelscher. “The notion of a painting as an inflatable surface (rather than a flat plane) is an interesting one from a theoretical point of view, but is also just plain fun to engage: who doesn't feel a bit like a kid again when surrounded by big, weird, inflatable objects?”
Ashley’s work is deeply feminist, and is particularly invested in exploding the structural possibilities of abstract painting, expanding kinetic possibilities for monumental sculpture and enlivening the dialogue around contemporary art by utilizing a deliberately egalitarian collection of humorous and formal entry points for multiple communities to engage with her work. “Night Visions” will transform the gallery into a nightclub-like setting using projections and internally lit inflating/deflating “breathing” painted sculptures.
Friday, March 17
Center for Art & Theatre, Contemporary Gallery
493 I.T. Dr., Statesboro, GA 30458