Lori Waxman surveys fellow SAIC faculty member Claire Ashley’s inflatable sculptures.
Lori Waxman surveys fellow SAIC faculty member Claire Ashley’s inflatable sculptures.
February 22

Faculty Member Blowing Up at the Chicago Cultural Center

“It isn’t often that a painting makes you want to bounce against it,” notes Chicago Tribune Special Contributor and SAIC faculty member Lori Waxman. In a review published on February 13 Waxman surveys the “delirious, bedazzling assault” of Frizzleflopsqueezepop, faculty member Claire Ashley’s (Painting and Drawing) current exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center. Ashley’s paintings “do very little of what paintings are supposed to do. They refuse to illustrate or memorialize, to appropriate or abstract, to satirize or criticize,” Waxman states. “Instead, they animate, taking on bold, zany lives of their own. And they do so by blowing themselves up into bulbous, unwieldy shapes filled with air and covered with riotous markings in blinding neon.”  On March 21 at 12:00 p.m., Ashley will present Disco Dozen for Daley Plaza in front of 50 West Washington Street.  The live performance will feature 12 dancers and a 30-foot-tall inflated sculpture. Frizzleflopsqueezepop runs through March 31.