Ashley Kuhn - Systemic Notions at Material




Material is excited to announce its ninety-second exhibition, Ashley Kuhn’s Systemic Notions.

Systemic Notions will run for one night only on Friday, February 1, 2013 with an opening reception from 6-8 pm. 

Material is located at 2553 Broad Avenue. Parking is available on both the north and south sides of Broad Avenue.


Ashley Kuhn, a Memphis native, received her BFA from The University of Memphis in 2006 in photography. She returned to The University of Memphis in 2010 to obtain a Tennessee teaching license in visual art and began taking painting courses alongside her education courses. Her work continued to grow within the past two years of dedicated painting and she has shown work in local galleries and group exhibitions. Her work is currently featured in the 55th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center. She teaches art at Bon Lin Elementary School in Bartlett, Tennessee.   

About the work the artist writes:  “My interests lie in presumed power constructs that are present in our society and others. I use blueprints, drawings and grids of institutions or cities representative of this presumed power as a point of departure for my paintings. I currently work in two modes with an underlying concept of power and systemic control. The first, I deliberately use the canvas to map out and disclose systemic power by putting whiteness in contention with an indigenous presence in the painting. The second mode of work, while being less engaged with formula, ritual and mapping; allows form, pattern and gesture to freely articulate spatial tension to be read as metaphor of power relations that concern me.”

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