Following his recent solo exhibitions at FLAG Art Foundation, New York and Newport Street Gallery, London, Lehmann Maupin will exhibit recent work from three of Ashley Bickerton’s significant series of as part of their Kabinett presentation.
As one of the original members of the Neo-Geo group of the late 1980s in New York, Bickerton has called into question how painting has been valued and defined as an art object. Blurring the lines between multiple mediums he challenges traditional paradigms of painting. For his most recent body of work, Bickerton pushes the boundaries of landscape painting, examining the contemporary landscape as a product of human construction, waste, and destruction. This work marks both a continuation of his “tropical paintings” inspired by his move to Bali in 1993 that are characterized by bright colors, overt sexuality, and exoticism, and a return to his Neo-Geo origins. For example, the “Wall Wall” series is composed of acidic colors of artificial rocks that are aligned in a geometric grid. The “Floater” series, resin seascapes flanked by floater tanks, illustrate the damaging effects of human commoditization of the landscape and explore how industrial materials have become elemental components of our environment. A new work from the “Vector” series depicts a landscape comprised of beach debris: vestigial waves of plastic, styrofoam, and other ocean refuse frozen inside a box covered with architectural etchings of water works, a poetic meditation on water.