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Drawn to materials that are weathered and worn, Alex Asch reinterprets found objects in the construction of his unique sculptures and presents new ways to examine our environment. Discarded materials are favoured in his constructions as they reveal remnants of a past life, often weathered by the elements of nature as well as altered or marked by tools and fittings. These characteristics of his medium indicate the previous value of the materials as a whole object, now seen as composite elements in an entirely new structure. Alex is interested in the capabilities of association between object and form, deconstructing elements to create simplified and symbolic representations of the world around him. His recent work explores the transformation of the land since European settlement using materials reflective of our rural buildings and concrete cities. Alex labels his landscapes as “premonitions or warnings” and “…unfortunately we have done little over the last quarter century to change our relationship to the natural world and first nations people”. Eminent art critic and historian, Professor Sasha Grishin, says of Alex: “His work is quirky, yet tough; humorous, yet serious; brilliantly crafted, but also naïve and understated in its use of stylistic conventions….Alex Asch has become an original and distinctive voice in Australian art.”

Alex Asch was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and was involved in university art programs in Los Angeles and New York before moving to Australia and studying art at the Australian National University in 1988. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and provides technical assistance to a number of arts organisations around Canberra. In 2017, Alex was awarded the CAPO Fellowship by the Capital Arts Patrons Organisation and was the recipient of the Workplace Research Associates Award by CAPO in 2015. Alex’s work has been collected by the National Gallery of Australia and is also included in the collections of Artbank, ACT Legislative Assembly and Canberra Museum and Gallery as well as corporate collections in Australia, USA, UK and Netherlands.

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      $3800 Landscape 4 - recycled form ply, galvanised steel, 82 x 91cm

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      $3400 Last of the hold outs - wall piece, recycled painted timber, paper collage, sumi ink, plywood, glass and brass, 104 x 48 x 8cm

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      $1900 Landscape 12 - recycled painted galvanised steel, form ply, cement residue, 65 x 41cm

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      $1900 Landscape 23 - recycled painted steel, form-ply, concrete residue, 52 x 56 x 4cm

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      $1700 Landscape 21 - recycled painted steel, form-ply, concrete residue, 49 x 45cm

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      $1300 Goya's guitar - reclaimed box, paper, metal, US currency and guitar parts, 38 x 55 x 12xm

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      $850 Business sketches III - form ply, painted timber, image and reflected sign, 25 x 25 x 25cm

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      $850 Black house - no eaves 3 - cast concrete, timber, sumi ink, wax, 24 x 33 x 13cm

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      $800 Sinking institution - cigar box, paper collage, wood, glass lens, sumi ink, gouache, 27 x 35 x 8cm

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      $750 Sleeps with the fishes - cigar box, silver gelatin print, wood, US currency, paper collage, sumi ink, gouache, 22 x 31 x 10cm

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      $700 First contact - cigar box, paper collage, wood, gouache, 21 x 26 x 7cm

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      $600 The immigrants - cigar box, paper collage, wood, glass lens, sumi ink, gouache, 17 x 25 x 7cm

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      $600 Melting ice - cigar box, found image, glass lens, wood, gouache, 15 x 26 x 7cm

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