Claire Ashley: Radiant Beasts September 6 – November 18, 2023 Claire Ashley’s large-scale inflatables explode the possibilities of painting. Her practice devours the traditional mediums of sculpture, installation, painting, and costume, spitting back hybrid “bodies” that are moveable, wearable, and deliciously preposterous. Made from PVC-coated canvas tarps, spray paint, and small blower fans, Ashley’s work is a complex, humorous mash-up of fine art meets bouncy house. The artist resists and pushes against the traditional norms of painting, disrupting the straight edges and flat, fixed nature of the discipline by creating bulbous, malleable inflatables that alter themselves to fit new environments. Displayed as site-conscious interventions that shapeshift as they playfully wedge into and squish between architectural spaces, this exhibition expands beyond the walls of Lamont Gallery. Ashley’s monumentally scaled works emerge inside academic buildings and spill out onto campus, surprising the viewer and prompting questions such as, what the object is, how it appeared, and where it came from. Expect the unexpected in this exhibition… It packs a punch!
Lamont Gallery Presents Claire Ashley...
Date and Time
Wednesday Sep 6, 2023Saturday Nov 18, 2023
September 6 – November 18, 2023Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri: 9-5, Sat: 10-4.
Lamont Gallery - Phillips Exeter Academy 11 Tan Lane Exeter NH 03833
Free and open to the public. Please make a reservation using this online reservation form: https://fs30.formsite.com/exeter/form143/index.html