Join us Friday, December 14th for “Mental” A Solo Exhibition by Claire Ashley at Rubberneck Gallery
For this exhibition Ashley presents relatively small-scale drawings, paintings on paper, and sculptures that reflect the convoluted thought process present in her colorfully monumental inflatable sculptures, performative props, and site specific installations.
The exhibitions’ title comes from the Scottish phrase “you’re mental!” meaning “you’re crazy” to both echo the ebullient nature and scale of Ashley’s work, and as a tongue in cheek criticism of a certain type of intellectualism and general academic skepticism around the use of humor and play in contemporary art.
Claire Ashley received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), and her BFA from Gray’s School of Art (Aberdeen, Scotland). Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Ashley is now Chicago based. Currently, she teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Contemporary Practices, and the Department of Painting and Drawing. She has an old husband, three kids, a dog and two cats.
Ashley’s work investigates inflatables as painting, sculpture, installation and performance costume. These works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and site-specific installations, performances and collaborations.
Her work has been featured on blogs such as VICE, Hyperallergic, and Artforum, and in magazines such as Sculpture Magazine, Art Papers, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago, Yorkshire Post, and Condé Nast Traveller (European).
Her work has been shown at venues such as MOCA JAX (Jacksonville, FL), 808 Gallery, Boston University and Boston Children’s Museum (Boston, MA), University of Buffalo Galleries and Anna Kaplan Contemporary (Buffalo, NY), Anya Tish Gallery (Houston, TX), CAFKA Biennial of Art in Public Places (Kitchener, ON, CAN), Indiana State Museum (Indianapolis, IN), Young World (Detroit, MI), DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA), Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (Portland, OR), Columbus College of Art and Design, (Columbus, OH), ICEBOX Crane Arts (Philadelphia, PA), Bedford Gallery, (Walnut Creek, CA), Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, (Austin, TX), the Chicago Cultural Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, (Chicago, IL) and The Tetley Center for Contemporary Art, (Leeds, England).