Five 21st-Century Pop Artists Take On Contemporary Culture at Artspace Warehouse
Using a mix of acrylic and resin, artist Ashleigh Sumner paints a picture of an urbanized native American; his headdress and robes are traditional but the red white and blue background set him apart. A set of numbers and letters are stenciled carefully in the red and black paint, they sit behind and show through the face of the semi transparent chief.
Ashleigh Sumner’s brightly colored collaged paintings combine found objects and images from the Los Angeles streets with her love of literature. Photographic images, printed and painted text, and large washes of color come together in each work to create chaotic compositions that hint at politically charged narratives. In Vandalized Love Affair (2013), illegible graffiti hovers above a photograph of a female statue with a painted red bar across her eyes. In the background, amidst yellow drips, the Berlin coat of arms and Communist hammer and sickle peak through fragmented layers of text.
American, b. 1979, Charlotte, North Carolina, based in Los Angeles, California