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Will Ashford
updated: 03/16/2013
website: www.willashford.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Art Appears
Preface vii
No One Really Knows
The Time Error
The Blind Spot
Self- Possession
Emersons Circle Essay
Art Madness Only Makes Them Go Faster
Incomplete Figures
Ancient Fable In The Body This Bone Bears
The Draughts Of A Few Of The Miracilous Dots And Lines
The Best Pictures Are The Draughts Of A Few Of The Miracilous Dots And Lines
The Miraculous Dots And Lines
Art Drafts Of A Few Of The Miraculous Dots & Lines
When It Floats In Water
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, books, meditative, text, psychological, autobiographical, language
 
 
Art Appears by Will Ashford
Art Appears
Ink on Paper
2009
8 1/2 " x  5 3/8 " 
Preface vii by Will Ashford
Preface vii
Ink on Paper
2009
7 1/4 " x  5 1/8 " 
No One Really Knows by Will Ashford
No One Really Knows
Ink on Paper
2009
7 1/4 " x  4 7/8 " 
The Time Error by Will Ashford
The Time Error
Gouache, Ink on Paper
2009
7 1/4 " x  4 7/8 " 
The Blind Spot by Will Ashford
The Blind Spot
Ink on Paper
2009
8 1/2 " x  5 3/8 " 
Self- Possession by Will Ashford
Self- Possession
Graphite and Ink on paper
2007
10 3/8" x  10 1/4" 
Emersons Circle Essay by Will Ashford
Emersons Circle Essay
Graphite and Ink on Paper
2007
11 5/8" x  16" 
Art Madness Only Makes Them Go Faster by Will Ashford
Art Madness Only Makes Them Go Faster
Graphite and Ink on Paper
2008
7 1/4" x  4 5/8" 
Incomplete Figures by Will Ashford
Incomplete Figures
Ink on Paper
2008
7 1/4" x  4 7/8" 
Ancient Fable In The Body This Bone Bears by Will Ashford
Ancient Fable In The Body This Bone Bears
Ink, Graphite and Gouache on Paper
2008
7 1/4" x  4 /7/8" 
The Draughts Of A Few Of The Miracilous Dots And Lines by Will Ashford
The Draughts Of A Few Of The Miracilous Dots And Lines
Ink on Paper
2008
7 1/4" x  4 7/8" 
The Best Pictures Are The Draughts Of A Few Of The Miracilous Dots And Lines  by Will Ashford
The Best Pictures Are The Draughts Of A Few Of The Miracilous Dots And Lines
Ink on Paper
2007
11 5/8" x  8 1/8" 
The Miraculous Dots And Lines by Will Ashford
The Miraculous Dots And Lines
Ink and Graphite on Paper
2008
7 5/8" x  5 1/8" 
Art Drafts Of A Few Of The Miraculous Dots & Lines by Will Ashford
Art Drafts Of A Few Of The Miraculous Dots & Lines
Ink on Paper
2008
10 7/16" x  5 15/16" 
When It Floats In Water by Will Ashford
When It Floats In Water
Ink on Paper
2007
7 3/16" x  5 11/16" 

Artist Statement
I rescue, salvage, and recycle other people’s words.

Browsing through garage sales, street markets and used bookstores I search for interesting, preferably discarded, old books. When I find a good candidate I explore every page.  Like an archeologist I hunt for the words that speak to me with new meaning. Intuitively, one word at a time, they turn into a kind of haiku or philosophical poetry that I can call my own.

At some unpredictable point along the way, in my mind, the images start to invent themselves. Using colored vellums, graphite and or India ink to highlight or obscure my words; I create the image of that invention. Though I strive to make each document visually engaging I find it is the words that I value most.

The majority of this work comes from several different copies of The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson printed from 1887 to 1927. Something about working with these pages quietly reminds me that a part of our culture is about recycling ideas.

More . . .

What drives me to create such works?  
Perhaps the answer is far simpler than one might think.  Like the earliest petroglyphs were the inevitable conclusion of man discovering simple pigments and having access to cave walls, this almost seems to be the inevitable conclusion when a self-aware, literate artist has access to bookstore shelves.  It's a bit more sophisticated than a hand print and some crude depictions of game hunting but perhaps it's the same in spirit: a depiction of the cerebral survival of man in a world of thoughts running wilder and faster than ever before across the great planes of the internet; which exists outside of the shelter these pages can provide when needed.  In this correlation, the spirit of man is revealed once again to be as timeless as ever.

Artist Bio / CV
Selected Exhibitions

Gallery Aferro, Newark, New Jersey, “Glossolalia”  September - October  2006

Taking The Leap, Hollis Street Project, Emeryville, California,  “Comotion”  Jan. - Febuary 2005.

Kellogg Gallery, California State Polytechnic University , Pomona , California , “Ink & Clay 31”, January 2005.

University of Southern California , Philosophy Library, Los Angeles , California , “My Words”, September 2004.

A Street Gallery, Santa Rosa , California , “Word Up”, August 2004.

Gallery 114, Portland , Oregon , “Collecting Words On And Off The Page”, February 2004.
 

 
Education

Self taught