The Four Directions

The Four Directions

 The Riot Within

The Riot Within

 Solar Flare

Solar Flare

Ashton Phillips

Artist Statement

I am interested in imperfection, growth and decay, improvisation, and chance, as concrete attributes of vitality. I understand my impulse to manifest these qualities in my work as a sort of resistance to the generic, impersonal perfection and mundane predictability of this machine/information age.

Rather than depicting particular living things, my work incorporates the deeper, universal qualities of the living – the cracks, the roughness, the emotion, and the spontaneity of the real.

At least, this is how I have come to understand my current work, which has developed intuitively, experimentally, and expressively – and increasingly toward the expressionist, the raw, the visceral, the fractured, and the primal.

I use explosive gesture, a kind of organic, geometric structure, bold texture, high contrast, and rhythmic mark-making to manifest and symbolize this primal, vital force.  

Ultimately, my work is a physical testament to the power and nature of the spirit and a kind of critique of consumer culture and it’s related tendency to endlessly seek and consume cheap, mass-produced "perfection."

http://www.AshtonsPhillips.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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