Sunday, September 5, 2010

NEW WEBSITE is where it's at.


performance and installation
September 2010

I spent 8 hours performing gender.
I constructed a small, triangular enclosure with light stands and curtains. Seated inside this chamber, I explored gender by applying makeup, costumes, and wigs. A video camera was fixed upon me and displayed a live feed on a TV monitor situated in front of the enclosure. This is where gallery goers witnessed the performance.
When each expression of gender was completed, I presented myself to the audience and requested a volunteer to take a photo of me. With a laptop and printer on site, I immediately printed the photograph and affixed it to the TV pedestal.
By the end of the 8 hours, I had created seven characters.
This installation, sans myself, will remain in the gallery for the duration of the show. The TV monitor will play the 8-hour video on repeat.

As a genderqueer person, I realize that gender is but a performance that can be bent and broken with little effort. I feel especially sensitive to the varying levels of discomfort individuals experience when a person of unrecognizable gender is encountered.
With my performance and installation, I wish to assist each member of the audience to realize his/her/their own comfort level with the gender continuum. Ideally, conversations about gender and acceptance of variations of gender will result in both the gallery setting and beyond.




And here is the set-up, courtesy Cathie Bleck

This is the final presentation of the installation on view through September 26th

Monday, April 19, 2010

Carnegie Museum of Art

Ashley Pixelle Andrews is now showing at the Carnegie Museum of Art from now until October 30, 2010. The project is called "Customer Service Representative."

I will be performing a simulation of common front desk experiences for the duration of the exhibit. Come be a part of the performance! Audience participation is essential.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ashley Andrews Art

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tell Me Who You Are

Today I catapult myself into self-scrutiny.

For the next 40 days and 40 nights, I will be keeping detailed notes on the way, manner, and method in which I "spend my time." At the end of this data-gathering term, I will compile and report my findings to the public with an emphasis on comparative data.

I invite the world at large to investigate my findings at my next exhibition, where I will bombard the sensory environment with large scale statistical reports including flow-charts, pie-charts, and bar-charts.

A simple explanation of who I am no longer satisfies in this era of hyper-information reporting and loss of privacy.

Let the data collection begin.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

UnStill'd Show

This is what I'm doing in my space in the upcoming UnStill'd Show on Feb. 5th-March 5th:
I am making a mini-universe for others to experience- reminiscent of the universe I constantly occupy with my assorted eyesight conditions. The main force of this installation is a sense of off-kilter, pseudo-mystical visual experience. I have been creating 3-D canvases which tangibly illustrate my alternative way of seeing. Mini-lighting techniques, pieces of previous photographs along with current ones, light filters, liquid, and mirrors are spaced out in the "depth-box," as I am referring to my deep canvases.
My vision is that some of my depth-boxes will be open in the back to show video art or perhaps a live-feed hidden camera placed somewhere mysterious in the house.
An audio loop of accordion and vocal sound will be playing.The walls will be covered with shiny black plastic, and the ceiling will be covered with shiny silver plastic, inducing a sense of "fun-hose" otherworldliness.

Friday, January 22, 2010

An amazing write-up of the UnStill'd Show

Click here for the full text at the Schmutz Company blog
Things are heating up and there ain’t nobody hibernating this winter at the Schmutz Lodge. As the Distillery 4 artists wrap up their installations things are starting to look really cool and a bit messy. Messy is alright though because the show is going to be amazing. Over the next two weeks the mess will give way to a collection of amazing art from some truly talented folks.

Feb 5th – the lodge will be transformed by these 8 amazing artists. You’d never know that at one time their residency was nearly taken from them when the Brew House closed........

Read more at the Schmutz Company blog

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Site-specific installations and photography

Curated by Rose Clancy
February 5, 2010-March 5, 2010
5405 Broad Street, Pittsburgh, PA

PITTSBURGH, PA: The Distillery 4 Program, in collaboration with the Schmutz Lodge, presents the work of eight artists, uniting to overcome the loss of their residency studio. Work will be on display at the Schmutz Lodge, located at 5405 Broad Street in Garfield.

Six months to distill together in a studio space that once housed a brewery, is what the eight participants of The Brew House’s Distillery Program received when they were awarded a spot in the residency program; a studio space is what they lost when The Brew House did not receive the expected funding for the Distillery Program’s fourth season. A strong desire among these artists to remain together as a group, coupled with the determination of the program’s three mentors, Rose Clancy, Rob Katkowski and Brett Douglas Davis, led to the development of the Unstill’d Project.

Unstill’d is a month-long project in which the artists were given a space and asked to respond to their current dislocation. The Schmutz Lodge, a performance and visual arts spectacle, opened their doors to the Distillery Program, and their building has served as both studio and exhibition space for the Distillery artists. Unstill’d includes site-specific installations and is curated by Distillery alumnus, Rose Clancy.

“Unstill’d is the culmination of the Distillery artists’ response to their 30 day residency at The Schmutz Lodge, and it is the first achievement on our list of goals for the ongoing Distillery Program. Our next goal is to secure another short-term residency and exhibition opportunity, and we hope that the Pittsburgh community can help us with this,” said Clancy.

Unstill’d represents the following artists:

Heather Pinson
Dave English
Becky Slemmons
Carlea Cannon
Nikki Rosato
Rachel Debuque
Lenka Clayton
Ashley Andrews

Gallery Details
The Schmutz Lodge is located at 5405 Broad Street, Garfield
Opening Reception: February 5th 6-10 PM, during Unblurred
Closing Reception: March 5th 6-10 PM, during Unblurred
Gallery can be visited by appointment only. To schedule an appointment contact: (412) 759-4242

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

5 Samples of My Work

At this link, you can find 5 samples of my current work:
28 Gallery Artworks
The first five in the list are mine and are still for sale via the gallery website or direct from me.
These are wall photographs of my photographs, so the contrast and colors are not quite spot on.
Contact me if you'd like to see the pieces in person or in a higher quality file.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The American Coffee Shop

From January 18-30th, I will be showing work at The American Coffee Shop in downtown Greensburg, PA. The show is entitled "New Works by Local Artists."
A "Meet the Artists" reception will be held the final Friday and Saturday of the show.

112 N. Main Street
Greensburg, PA

Monday - Friday
7:00am - 4:30pm
9:00am - 1:00pm

The coffee shop last year, during my show "Goodbye Greensburg" two person show with Joel Brown.
Paintings, Photography, and Collages by Ashley Andrews and Joel Brown.