26 October - 26 November, 2018

STUFF...

Collaboration Project at BIASA Cube, Kerobokan, Bali

Honold Fine Art (HFA) is excited to  present the  first solo  show of Ashley Bickerton in a gallery  context in Bali, Indonesia. For this exhibition HFA is in collaboration with  BIASA ArtSpace, which is hosting the exhibition in its Bali venue BIASA Cube.

STUFF… is a presentation focusing on Bickerton’s photographic works  from  the  years  2006-2018. They originate from  different phases of  his  artistic  painterly practice and  have  been reprinted in collaged combinations to  exactly   fit the   four  walls  of  Biasa’s  ‘almost  modernist’  glass  cube. The  exhibition thus   not  only  figures   as  an  installation in  situ,  but  also  amounts to  a  pre-retrospective on  a  small and  intimate scale,  investigating the  tight  relation between photography and  painting in Bickerton’s oeuvre over  the  past  decade. Inside  the  cube Bickerton’s new  monumental figurative  sculpture F.O.B. 2 (2018)  will be  presented.

Ashley Bickerton is recognized internationally for his achievement to  ‘overlay’ painting, photography and   sculpture.  His  aesthetic  engages  on   an   almost  surrealist level,  where,  by  means  of  parody, exaggeration, pathos,  shock  and   artifice,   he  ‘desires   to  describe commonly  understood  things in completely unexpected  terms.’

Born in Barbados, and  raised  and  educated in Ghana, Guyana, England, Hawaii, the  Balearic  Islands  and California,  Bickerton, as  Paul  Theroux in The  Guardian sharply  observed, has  become a ‘connoisseur of  not   belonging.’ After  having   lived  and   worked in  New  York  City  for  12  years,  however, being a passionate surfer  as well, he  settled on  the  island  of Bali, where he  is living and  working for the  past  24 years  now.  Although Bickerton certainly never completely  leaves  his outsider’s perspective, this  solo exhibition in the  beautiful and  inspiring  island  of Bali, known for its rituals  and  spiritual  ceremonies, its thriving  handicraft community but  also  for its stark  contrasts and  intense touristic usage, foregrounds Ashley Bickerton’s strong relationship with  tropical and  island  culture, with  Bali, and  with  Indonesia’s contemporary art  scene.

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Ashley  Bickerton (1959,  Barbados) graduated  from   the   California Institute  of  the   Arts  in  1982  and continued his education in the  Independent Studies Program at the  Whitney  Museum of American Art, New  York. A seminal figure  in the  East Village scene of the  mid ’80s in New  York, Bickerton was  one of the  original  members of a group of artists  known as ‘Neo-Geo,’ and  to  this  day  remains an  influential figure  with  a younger generation of artists.  His work  can  be  found in numerous museum collections worldwide, including the  MoMA, New  York  and  the  TATE, London. Last year  Ashley Bickerton had  his first  major UK retrospective titled  Ornamental Hysteria,   compiling more  than 50  works   from   four decades at  the  Newport Gallery  in London. The  artist  lives and  works  in Bali, Indonesia.

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