Wednesday, October 14, 2009

At Kent Place Gallery:

(installation view) A Few Months, HTML drawings
Chris Ashley
at Kent Place Gallery
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(detail) month of january, 2009, HTML drawings
Chris Ashley
courtesy of George Lawson Gallery

I selected five months of HTML drawings by Chris Ashley for a show at Kent Place Gallery. For those in the New York area, it's a quick trip by car or rail to Summit, NJ. The show opens October 19 and will be up until November 20. There is a reception at the gallery on October 23, 6-8 pm.

Chris Ashley produces beautiful, jewel-like colored drawings. He creates a fresh drawing, each one a new and unique idea, every single day. His medium for this daily discipline is HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language), a digital process not usually associated with fine art in the sense of traditional painting and drawing. Ashley’s work shows that it can be an ideal medium both for aesthetic delight as well as endless invention.

This ongoing string of artistic variations is made to exist primarily within a digital world, since HTML is native to the internet. For years now the drawings have been published daily on his blog, “Look, See—“ (, but for this exhibition at Kent Place Gallery, Ashley presents five months’ worth of carefully printed images of his HTML works, which will be displayed in the gallery grouped in five large blocks, one block on each wall of the gallery, like five calendars. This provides the chance to see the images simultaneously, note the evolution of Ashley’s ideas, and compare work produced at different times.

Kent Place Gallery is on the campus of Kent Place School, 42 Norwood Avenue, Summit, NJ. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information visit

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