Five 21st-Century Pop Artists Take On Contemporary Culture at Artspace Warehouse
Through bold, abstract expression, Ashleigh Sumner attempts to incorporate the implied visual of densely populated, urban landscape with the raw, gritty texture of industrial areas. The combination of these elements is intended to evoke a powerful sense of unrestrained vitality to the viewer. For this artwork she applied acrylic paint in several layers, extending from the bottom towards the center. She added text in spray paint and oil pastel, giving different words and phrases a variety of texture. Ashleigh finished this one-of-a-kind artwork with a coat of shiny resin on the front as well as on the nearly three inches deep sides.
Signature: Signed on back
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