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Claire Ashley: Cawt, Taut, Hot …. Not
Claire Ashley’s two-gallery installation immerses visitors in a multi-sensory landscape packed with DayGlo-colored pneumatic sculptures. Composed of spray-painted plastic tarps, these billowing forms often approach floor-to-ceiling scale. Ashley subverts their heroic size, however, with a sense of the absurd: multicolored painterly marks embellish the sculptures’ taut, membrane-like surfaces, rendering them as bloated, cartoony organisms. The captivating walk-through environment they form en masse is sonically enhanced by an ambient soundscape by performance artist and musician Joshua Patterson.
During the exhibition’s closing reception, five of Ashley’s sculptures will come alive in an outdoor performance at Uptown Normal’s scenic roundabout. Powered by student performers sealed inside, the colorful organ-like forms will transform the roundabout into a surreal dance floor as they frolic in response to a live audio piece played by Patterson.