In recent work, Doug Ashford considers the ties between abstract art and communal empathy. His layered imagery explores how abstract reimaginings can provide unique windows into processing moments of social upheaval. This work was recently exhibited in “Formal Relations” at Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York (2015), and Ashford is represented by Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam.
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About Doug Ashford
Collaboration is key to Doug Ashford’s extensive and varied art practice. Early in his career, from 1982 to 1996, he was a part of the artist collective “Group Material,” which treated curatorial practice and the exhibition itself as an artistic medium. The group considered “the display of art [as] a political event; making a place where what it means to be a human subject is confirmed and debated.” Their participatory interventions dealt with the aesthetic manifestation of geopolitical themes, which later bled into Ashford’s independent practice. In his recent work, abstract swatches of paint or collage often intervene and obscure politically charged images and text, mined from mass media sources. Today, Ashford is primarily an educator, teaching graduate courses in sculpture, design, and public art, and leading unique collaborative seminars at The Cooper Union, New York.