WSCC Humankind hosts Claire Ashley Exhibit

October 20, 2021

WSCC Humankind hosts Claire Ashley Exhibit

WSCC News is a presentation of West Shore Community College in partnership with Mason County Press.

VICTORY TOWNSHIP — The West Shore Community College Humankind Series is hosting an exhibition of artist Claire Ashley’s work at five locations throughout the college’s campus and at Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA), beginning Friday, Oct.22. The exhibition, titled “Cosmic Gasp”, will run through Dec.10.

An exhibit reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 22, from 6-8 p.m. at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington. During the reception there will also be a performance related to the artwork presented at LACA.  The exhibit, reception, and presentation are free and open to the public. ​

Scottish-born, now Chicago-based, Claire Ashley’s works mine the language of painterly abstraction, monumental sculpture, slapstick humor, and Pop Art to transform ordinary materials into inflatable large-scale painted sculptures.  

In October of 2020, Claire Ashley, as a part of Humankind, gave a presentation of her work, her inspirations, and presented a performance online. That talk and performance may be viewed at Works of Claire Ashley.

“Claire Ashley’s works are playful, magical, and in their large scale will transform both the interiors of the college campus buildings, and the Ludington Center for the Arts.” said WSCC Professor of Art and Curator Eden Ünlüata-Foley. “The dynamic nature of these works will challenge our understanding of abstract art and how art may be presented in unconventional ways.”

The theme of the 2021-2022 humankind series is “Movement.” Topics to be explored under this theme include bodily ability (in the context of disability rights), socio-economic mobility, transportation, immigration, anti-discrimination social movements, and climate change.

For more information about the humankind series, visit westshore.edu or contact [email protected]edu. 

Additional information on the artist may be found at https://clairehelenashley.com/ and https://vimeo.com/user6799460

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