July 19 – August 23, 2014
The Annex @ Spudnik Press
Saturday, July 19, 6:00-9:00pm
The Wrong Story is a solo exhibition of relief and silkscreen prints made while Aschman was Artist in Residence at Spudnik Press from March through May, 2014, and an accompanying stop-motion animation created from the printed works. Aschman employs symbolic motifs such as ropes, braids, ladders and hands, which through intuitive association form a fractured narrative about moments of convergence and separation between individuals. She embraces incoherence and ambiguity to communicate the fragmented and uneasy experience of encountering another person’s reality. Limbs detach, bodies open to reveal hidden objects, peculiar figures gather among stepped archways, hesitating to touch, in an endless loop with no discernable climax or resolution. The Wrong Story wavers at the frayed edges of a narrative, unraveling the artist’s desire for both connection and solitude.
Ali Aschman is a Chicago-based artist whose practice encompasses printmaking, animation and installation, exploring forms of experimental narrative across media. She received a BA from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited internationally in numerous gallery exhibitions and film festivals, and was recently inducted as a Visual Arts Fellow by the Luminarts Cultural Foundation. Ali will be spending the next few months at several residency programs around the United States, creating animations and works on paper.