Initially started after she was denied a job with American Apparel at the age of 25, American Girl, 2005-2011 documents Ashley Neese’s aging process in a culture where youth is celebrated as the ultimate asset. Exploring the empowerment one woman finds in reclaiming her age, this exhibition is a five year photographic journey about what it means to be sexy on somebody else’s terms, and ultimately, the liberation that it inspires.
Ashley Neese is a trans-disciplinary artist that grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She makes work about relationships, love, and how it feels to be alive using a wide range of accessible media. In 2005 she earned her MFA from California College of the Arts. Her projects, which deal with the beauty and bittersweetness of the everyday, have been executed and exhibited in the Rosenberg Gallery at NYU; San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art; Nuit Blanche, Toronto; TRUCK Contemporary Art, Calgary; Koh-i-nor, Copenhagen, Denmark; and Dreizehn, Berlin, Germany. In 2009 she participated in artist residencies at threewalls, Chicago; The Alberta Printmakers Society, Calgary; and The Berlin Office, Berlin. She launched Open Heart, a publication about love, in 2010, and was on faculty at the Banff Centre during the winter of 2011, directing a creative residency about love in contemporary art. For more information about her life and practice, please visit: www.ineedyouso.com and www.how-i-love.tumblr.com
On view March 3rd – 29th, 2011
Opening reception First Thursday March 3rd, 6pm – 8pm