Ship of Fools
DIMENSIONS 24" x 16" MEDIUM archival pigment print
Limited edition of 50, 2016
Accompanied by certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist
Philip Ashley digitally collages imagery from print media — specifically obscure magazines and Southern police blotters from his home state of Tennessee. Inspired by VHS box art and commercial printing, Ashley plays with the reproduction process itself, scanning images on paper and reprinting them on a variety of surfaces while using the CMYK dot as his brushstroke. He navigates themes of alienation, crisis, and mass production while exploring the underbelly of American culture. Ship of Fools is the basis for a sculptural piece that was included in Philip H. Ashley's two person show with Chris Oh at Safe Gallery (Brooklyn).
Framing option is black or white painted wood, 7/8" wide flat face and 7/8" deep, with UV acrylic glass.