Michael Ashkin Exhibit
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. This exhibition, which is a celebration of the artist's 2009 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, includes 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 an assistant professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Art.
On Thursday, April 22, Anthony Graves will lead a tour of the exhibition, "Michael Ashkin," from noon to 1 p.m.