exhibitions

assemblages

21 March – 7 April 2019

about the exhibition

Drawn to materials that are weathered and worn, Alex Asch reinterprets found objects in the construction of his unique sculptures presenting 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. ‘On the horizon’ explores the transformation of the land since European settlement using materials reflective of our rural buildings and concrete cities. Asch labels his landscapes as “premonitions or warnings”… “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 recently 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.

exhibition images

  • 1. $1,700 Landscape 15 – recycled painted galvanised steel, form ply, cement residue, 49 x 43cm

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  • 2. $1,700 Landscape 3 – recycled form ply, galvanised steel, rusted metal, 30 x 71cm

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  • 3. $950 Miner’s shack – vintage meccano parts, timber, sumi ink, wax, 44 x 34 x 12cm

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  • 4. $1,900 Landscape 13 – recycled painted galvanised steel, form ply, cement residue, 69 x 39cm

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  • 5. $1,200 Postcards from the Empire – 19th/20th Century stamps, ceramic, concrete, steel, timber, enamel , paint, 23 x 22 x 14cm

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  • 6. $800 Landscape 9 – recycled painted galvanised steel, form ply, cement residue, 25 x 30cm

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  • 7. $1,700 Landscape 5 – recycled steel road sign, formply, galvanised steel, 42 x 45cm

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  • 8. $2,700 Landscape 2 – recycled form ply, galvanised steel, rusted metal, 66 x 71cm

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  • 9. $1,700 Landscape 16 – recycled painted galvanised steel, form ply, cement residue, 51 x 42cm

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  • 10. $1,300 The Deniers – plastic trophy figures, enamel paint, silver gelatin photograph, printed paper, timber, 43 x 33 x 33cm

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  • 11. $1,900 Landscape 1 – recycled painted steel road signs, 54 x 48cm

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  • 12. $1,900 Landscape 12 – recycled painted galvanised steel, form ply, cement residue, 65 x 41cm

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  • 13. $1,900 Landscape 7 – recycled painted galvanised steel road signs, 54 x 48cm

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  • 14. $3,800 Landscape 4 – recycled form ply, galvanised steel, 82 x 91cm

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  • 15. $1,200 Souvenirs from the Empire 1 – galvanised steel cage, lead, cast concrete, 24 x 24 x 26cm

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  • 16. $1,200 Souvenirs from the Empire 2 – galvanised steel cage, lead, cast concrete, 24 x 24 x 26cm

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  • 17. $1,200 Souvenirs from the Empire 3 – galvanised steel cage, lead, cast concrete, 24 x 24 x 26cm

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  • 18. $800 Landscape 18 – recycled painted galvanised steel, form ply, cement residue, 32 x 23cm

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  • 19. $700 Landscape 10 – recycled painted galvanised steel, form ply, cement residue, 23 x 23cm

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  • 20. $1,100 Landscape 8 – recycled painted galvanised steel, form ply, cement residue, 36 x 36cm

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  • 21. $1,900 Landscape 6 – recycled painted galvanised steel, formply, cement residue, 46 x 46cm

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  • 22. $800 Landscape 11 – recycled painted galvanised steel, form ply, cement residue, 24 x 33cm

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  • 23. $1,900 Landscape 14 – recycled painted galvanised steel, form ply, cement residue, sumi ink, 48 x 40cm

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  • 24. $3,400 Landscape 17 – recycled painted galvanised steel, form ply, cement residue, 75 x 70cm

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  • 25. $850 Black house – no eaves 2 – cast concrete, timber, sumi ink, wax, 20 x 20 x 24cm

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  • 26. $850 Black house – no eaves 5 – cast concrete, timber, sumi ink, wax, 33 x 18 x 13cm

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  • 27. $850 Black house – no eaves 4 – cast concrete, timber, sumi ink, 22 x 33 x 18cm

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  • 28. $850 Black house – no eaves 1 – cast concrete, timber, sumi ink, wax, 24 x 25 x 15cm

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  • 29. $1,400 Follow the leader – plastic trophy figures, aluminium, recycled timber, enamel paint, 83 x 48 x 20cm

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