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Ashley Chadwick

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University: University of Gloucestershire
Graduation Year: 2020

Artist Statement

Falsification and dissimulation are the key links within my practice. The relationship between the physical and the digital encounter allow each works double existence, delivering distorted encounters which contradict one another. What you see is not what you get.

A study of Roman architecture and the perceptual system evolved my interests in illusionistic space and the discrepancy between expectation and reality. Photography can restrict the element of dimensional illusions or reverse them entirely, and I transition that principle into my depth-reversal illusions. I am also stimulated by scale manipulation and anamorphic structure, blurring the boundaries of reality.

Illusion is foolery; the apposition between secretive language and modern-day adaptation allows for a conflict between distortion and clarity. I derive pleasure from misdirecting others, departing viewers from the correct of logical path. I guide with nonsensical and out-of-focus behaviour, imposing a chaos of confusion that distracts from the simple answer.

Covid19 forced a rethink and led to the questioning of what constitutes as an original thought, taking established works and make illusive reproductions. Deconstruction and exaggerated appropriation of art history invites re-evaluation. Proclaimed ‘mirror-imagery’ and synthesised reproductions amalgamate yesterday to today.

Colour is a common denominator I use, exploring the characteristics and behaviour between tone, value, hue, purity and saturation. Feeding the supposition of foolery, I am beginning to examine the limit between painting and sculpture and non-fixed arrangement.

Solo Exhibitions

2019, Omi-Palone, The Wilson, Cheltenham

Group Exhibitions

2019, Portico, BSR, Rome
2019, Anti-Mono, Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham
2019, Safe Space, Francic Hall Library, Cheltenham

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2019, Residency - BSR, Rome
2019, Residency - Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Original works:

True Form Grid Illusion

By Ashley Chadwick

2020 Graduate

£750

True Form Hering Illusion

By Ashley Chadwick

2020 Graduate

£750

True Form Cafe Wall Illusion

By Ashley Chadwick

2020 Graduate

£850

True Form Cubes, Variation 13 ...

By Ashley Chadwick

2020 Graduate

£850

Huratone Purtintion, Variation...

By Ashley Chadwick

2020 Graduate

£550

Huratone Purtintion, Variation...

By Ashley Chadwick

2020 Graduate

£550

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Mona Lisa

By Ashley Chadwick

2020 Graduate

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The Starry Night

By Ashley Chadwick

2020 Graduate

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