Ashley Epps

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Artist Statement

Simultaneously looking toward the future while reminiscing over the past.  The present is a place too full of insecurity due to human nature’s tendency toward anxiety.  Many people, myself included, walk through the world burdened with an inner turmoil and tension stemming from fear of the unknown, and from rejection and failure.  Any other time, other than now and anywhere but here.  I often find myself feeling overwhelmed and too highly reactionary to my present environment and so for my newest body of work I chose to look more toward these other times; toward what could be described as a comfortably pop-culture idea of the past and the future.  Taking in the shapes color schemes of the installation, viewers may be reminded of a variety of imagery and ideas of  “future” as imagined in science-fiction, fantasy and horror films from the 70’s and 80’s: neon, chrome, minimalist forms, darkness, tension, anxiety.  An idea of a future that is inevitably unknowable, yet we are still driven to imagine it and attempt to create it out of the tools and ideas available in any given present time.

Each time I find myself faced with the challenge of creating a body of work, I want it to be something that is recognizably new and different from anything I’ve done in the past.  In some way, this personal code falls in line with the ‘past-future’ theme, wherein one is faced with an unknown future and must find ways to create with the tools and knowledge of the past.

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EDUCATION

2016
Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts – MFA
2007
School of Visual Arts – BFA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Possesion’s, Dress Shop Gallery, Brooklyn NY
If They Arrive at Sunrise, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ
2015
Desert Scenes, B. Beamesderfer gallery, Highland Park, NJ
2013
Night of the Comet, Mary Moody Gallery, West Texas A&M University, TX
2012
Plum Beach, Excellent Deals Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010
Place Gallery, Happy Ancient, Brooklyn NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Mason Gross Galleries, Next Time, New Brunswick, NJ
Dress Shop Gallery, Dressed UP, Brooklyn, NY
2014
Abandoned Apartment Curators, Brooklyn, NY
2013
The Power Station, Amarillo Entropy, Dallas, TX
2007
Tomorrow’s Artists Today, SVA, New York, NY

RESIDENCIES

2016
Downstairs 87, New York, NY