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Ali Aschman

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Let's not talk about the weather (detail), 2015
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Memento Mori, 2014 Installation With Animation
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nothing but the birds to mourn, 2014 Graphite on Cut Paper 16 X 20 Inches
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The Wrong Story (still), 2014 Animation
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every touch is a burden, 2014 Woodcut and Screenprint
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like a noose, 2014 Woodcut
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An Ordinary Burden, 2014 Lithograph
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The Passage, 2014 Lithograph
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Elsewhere, the Survivors (animation still), 2014 Animation From Cutout Etchings 3 Min 29 Sec
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Elsewhere, the Survivors (still), 2014 Animation From Cutout Etchings
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Elsewhere, the Survivors (still), 2014 Animation From Cutout Etchings
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Your Goodbye // My Unspoken Scene, 2014 Etching
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Dead Weight, 2014 Etching and Chine Colle
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The Survivors, 2014 Etching
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The Thief, 2013 Installation With Animation
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The Thief, 2013 Installation With Animation
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The Thief (still), 2013-2014 Animation
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The Trap (detail), 2015 Painted Stoneware © Ali Aschman
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
United States
Birth year
1985
Lives in
Chicago
Works in
Chicago
Schools
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Statement

I create hand-made worlds exploring emotional states and personal experiences, using  animation, drawing, printmaking and sculptural processes, often combined in installations. Mysterious, melancholy narratives raise questions about human interactions - moments of convergence and separation between individuals, the brutality we inflict on one another, physically and emotionally, and the impulses we suppress.

I experiment with narrative forms, and am interested in how an allegory can be conveyed through moving and still images, kinetic and static objects and sculptural tableaux. I employ symbolic motifs such as long braids, detached limbs, unusual bodily openings, forests and caves, which through intuitive association form fractured narratives and psychological self-portraits. I embrace incoherence and ambiguity to communicate the fragmented and uneasy experience of being both overwhelmingly alone and irrefutably connected to the human race.

 

Curriculum Vitae:

Education

  • MFA in Studio (Printmedia), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2013)
  • BA in Fine Art and Philosophy, University of Cape Town, South Africa (2006)

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

  • Unnatural Growth, Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (2016)
  • Let's Not Talk About the Weather, The Whistler (window gallery), Chicago, IL (2015)
  • The Wrong Story, Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago, IL (2014)
  • Ali Aschman, King Art Collective, Chicago IL (2013)
  • Crocodile Tears, Parlour, Brooklyn, NY, with Andrzej Nowicki (2009)
  • The Moonlight Wisteria, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town (2007) 

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Front and Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (2015)
  • Dicker, Lurk and Skew, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago (2015)
  • Natural Wonder: the Rensing Center Story, Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, SC (2014)
  • Future Sad, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY (2014)
  • Mundane Talismans, Starwalker Gala at Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL (2014)
  • ACTIVATE, Chicago Loop Alliance, Chicago, IL (2014)
  • Luminarts Visual Arts Competition, Union League Club of Chicago, IL (2014)
  • MFA Show, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL (2013)
  • Layered Cities and the Portable Studio, Kriti Gallery, Varanasi, India (2013)
  • Small Worlds, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL (2012)
  • Beyond Print: Across Dimensionality, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL (2012)
  • Civic & Arts Foundation Visual Arts Competition, Union League Club of Chicago, IL (2012)
  • Ex, Space 38|39, New York, NY (2012)
  • Assemble, Carousel Project, Chicago, IL (2012)
  • Gimme Some Truth, IN RiVERS, Brooklyn, NY (2011)
  • Cutters, Parlour, Brooklyn, NY (2011)
  • Opening Rejection, Williamsburg Walks, Brooklyn, NY (2011)
  • Pull the Devil’s Tail, Greenpoint Reform Church, Brooklyn, NY (2011)
  • Aux Follies, IN RiVERS, Brooklyn, NY (2011)
  • Desert Island, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA (2011)
  • New Year, New Work, New Faces, Storefront, Brooklyn, NY (2011)
  • The Box Which Contains The World, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY (2010)
  • Parlour #17: Fragments, Staten Island, NY (2010)
  • Spazi Segreti, or Mendacity, Mood, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY (2010)
  • THE MERZBUSH, Norte Maar, Brooklyn, NY (2010)
  • Housebroken, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY (2010)
  • The End is Like the Beginning, Cinders, Brooklyn, NY (2009)
  • Marginalia, MTS Gallery, Anchorage, AK (2009)
  • The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY (2009)
  • Love is Like Magic, Cinders, Brooklyn, NY (2009)
  • India Street Mural Project, North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition, Brooklyn, NY (2009)
  • Printing Money, The South African Print Gallery, Cape Town (2009)
  • The Isle of Misfits, Canteen, Ottawa, Canada (2009)
  • Between Worlds, Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ (2008)
  • Whatiftheworld, Hong Kong (2007)
  • Graduate Show, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town (2006)
  • Not Yet Famous presents Nobody Likes Nothing, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town (2006)

Film Festivals

The Wrong Story

  • Strange Beauty Film Festival 2015, Durham, NC
  • Milwaukee Underground Film Festival 2015, Milwaukee, WI
  • Athens International Film and Video Festival 2015, Athens, OH

Elsewhere, the Survivors 

  • Mirror Mountain Film Festival 2015, Ottawa, Canada
  • Animasivo 2015, Mexico City, Mexico
  • SouthEastern Film Festival 2015, Dahlonega, GA & Nashville, TN
  • Rendezvous Film Festival 2015, Amelia Island, FL
  • Chicago Underground Film Festival 2015, Chicago, IL
  • Headwaters Film Festival 2015, Bemidji, MN
  • Animasivo 2015, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Holland Animation Film Festival 2015, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Taos Shortz Film Festival 2015, Taos, NM
  • Tricky Women 2015, Vienna, Austria
  • Animac 2015, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain
  • Outlier Film Festival 2014, Halifax NS, Canada
  • CutOut Fest 2014, Queretaro, Mexico
  • Butter Elbow Animation Festival 2014, Chicago, IL
  • canaltown Short Spooky Movie Festival 2014, Honesdale, PA
  • World Animation Celebration 2014, Los Angeles, CA
  • Festimation 2014, Missoula, MT
  • Rabbitfest 2014, Perugia, Italy
  • Strange Beauty Film Festival 2014, Durham, NC
  • Milwaukee Underground Film Festival 2014, Milwaukee, WI - WINNER: BEST ANIMATION 
  • Athens International Film and Video Festival 2014, Athens, OH - Honorable Mention, Animation Category
  • Athens Animfest 2014, Athens, Greece

The Thief

  • Mosaic World Film Festival 2015, Rockford, IL
  • Embarras Valley Film Festival 2014, Charleston, IL - First Place, Student-Produced Short Film Contest
  • Milwaukee Underground Film Festival 2014, Milwaukee, WI

Residencies and Awards

  • Ragdale Residency, 2016 (upcoming)
  • Post-graduate Internship, John David Mooney Foundation, 2015-2016
  • ACRE Residency, 2015
  • DCASE Individual Artist Grant, 2015
  • Hatch Projects Artist Resident, Chicago Artists' Coalition, 2014-2016
  • The Center Program, Hyde Park Art Center, 2014
  • Elsewhere Artist-in-Residence, Fall 2014
  • Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Grant, 2014
  • The League Residency at Vyt, Fall 2014 - Ruth Katzman Scholarship
  • The Rensing Center Artist-in-Residence, Summer 2014
  • Spudnik Press Spring Artist-in-Residence, 2014
  • Luminarts Cultural Foundation Visual Arts Fellow, 2014

Bibliography

Jamie Matroos, "The Trap: Ali Aschman's exploration of the female form merged with nature", Design Indaba (website), September 11, 2015. 
http://www.designindaba.com/articles/creative-work/trap-ali-aschman%E2%80%99s-exploration-female-form-merged-nature

Elsewhere Museum, “2014 | Artist|Ali Aschman”, Elsewhere Video (website), November 12, 2014. https://vimeo.com/111024434

Adam Becker, “A haunted, handmade world”, Design Indaba: Next Generation (website), October 10, 2014. http://www.designindaba.com/articles/creative-work/haunted-handmade-world

Fernanda Aguillón, “The Thief”, CutOut Fest (website), October 14, 2014. http://www.cutoutfest.com/the-thief-2/?lang=en

Mike Steyerl, “Bushwick Open Studios ’10 Profile: Ali Aschman”, BushwickBK (blog). June 8th, 2010. http://bushwickbk.com/2010/06/08/bushwick-open-studios-10-profile-ali-aschman/ (link no longer active)

Aaron Short, “Artist Ali Aschman’s ‘Melancholy’ Mural“, BushwickBK (blog). December 15, 2009.  http://bushwickbk.com/2009/12/15/artist-ali-aschmans-melancholy-mural/ (link no longer active)

Nathan Punwar, “The Endless Disappearance of Everything”, (short documentary about Ali Aschman). August 2009. http://kettlecornrock.net/videolibrary/shortdocument/endless-disappearance/