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“the occupation of Ashley and Levon”
“the occupation of Ashley and Levon”
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Some cool and beautiful stuff, Ashley! “Without a Sense of Place” is especially awesome.
thanks, matt. you get some credit for prodding my brain to think critically. (a former professor yall)
Hi Ashley & Levon! Thanks for sharing your work so openly via your web-site. I am a new acquaintance of/to your mom, Ashley, and an old friend of Frank’s. He and I grew up together as neighbors only a couple of houses apart in Vienna, VA. Frank happened to post a notice about Levon’s show this weekend in Norfolk/Va Beach, so I wrote back asking him about it since my nephew is stationed there with the Navy. In his reply, he told me about you all being family, and then your mom sent me your web page info! They are both just a little keen on you two!! (smile) I’m glad they told me, as I may not have otherwise come across your site or your paintings! I didn’t know about them, only that you were both artists. I, sadly, am not artistic by any stretch of the imagination, tho I do love the arts as does most everyone with a heart! So you’ll have to forgive my naive & simplistic comments on your paintings!! First, let me say they are all wonderful, and I was especially taken in by your choice of colors. I think it is cool that your collection, or the group you chose to show here (I’m sure you’ve got many more all over!) includes pieces that to me are complete each unto themselves & their own provocations of a particular emotion, but then how they also so easily come together & compliment each other, too! Despite their individual range of emotions, they left me with a singular feeling of overall ease & contentment after looking through them all. I think Levon should put them to music, so that each painting has it’s only little tune… like the happy but hurried way about your infrastructure piece, which I imagine as being of a city-paced lifestyle, always living a little bit in a race with the clock to get home from work & head back out again. It made me think about going out on a first date or to meet an old friend, feeling a little bit rushed, but excitedly so! I’d love to hear what instrument would be chosen for that mood, & I can kind of guess the tempo!! It would be so neat to have those two combined for a show. I wonder if any one has tried that in a gallery setting, or even a park – live, I guess is what I mean. Probably so, because it would be within the nature of an artist to think of things like that which are outside of the ordinary! I know I’m taking up so much space, but I also want to tell you how the eyes in your ‘lines of power’ shot right out to me…they are stunningly expressive and for me, it feels even a little bit personal because they look like eyes that would belong in my family tree. I’ve seen them before in some one.. same eyes, that very expression. It makes me want to find out more what is happening that makes them look troubled or questioning, and even a little bit fearful. They literally require someone to reach out & ask if they are okay, or what’s going on & can they be of help. Now I’ve got to find the matching family member that I know will be identical!! Just a couple more quick ones? (I’m sorry for going on, but thank you!) I love your owl because they are always shown as a brooding sort of bird of wisdom, & not as innocent beautiful birds as you’ve done! We’ve all heard, ‘out of the mouths of babes’ comes so much truth – and your owl seems all about truth & the simple wisdom that naturally evolves when you live in the truth. His eyes are so big & open to everything else around him. More telling eyes, and you captured both so well in their differences, you get a bit of a sense for the souls to whom they belong.
I also love your little trio escaping the confines of their surroundings by working together – one for all, all for one! I can hear a playful flute depicting their escapade and the little bit of impish glee they are enjoying at the expense of whomever, and for having beat the system!! Finally,
the difficult one to see & express in the right words (let alone wrap your thoughts around it) was of course the last, of the women standing in a line ingesting the smog being emitted all around them. I don’t think you can see it w/o immediately feeling the dirty air closing in on them & choking them physically & mentally, rather than being the life giving & sustaining force it is meant to be. It brings to my mind a couple of possible analogies, but most of all, I get a flat feeling like being in a vacuum, a there’s a huge void/lack of emotion with no real sign of warmth or life. It’s sad to have to go to the places it takes you to in your heart & mind. I imagine you might have been very quiet & to yourself after you painted it.
Well, as always, my ramblings have become novel-esque in length! No matter how hard I try to, I can’t seem to keep words to a minimum. It’s just not possible for me, and it’s an unfortunate flaw because it effects other people too. I’m always trying to apologize for it & change it! Thank you, tho, for letting me write about your paintings to you, like I’m anyone whose opinion matters!! That is assuming you could understand my stumbling & stuttering thoughts & feelings! Here I was coming on to visit mostly for the purpose of finding more info about Levon’s music, and was delightfully treated to a glimpse of your paintings & both of your writings, as well!! Maybe you or Levon could drop me a quick e-mail to tell me a little bit more about this weekends show so I can let my nephew know more about it, too! It was nice ‘meeting’ you both, and thanks again for the information, etc.
Take care, and I’ll let Frank know that I might have overstayed my visit & sort of crashed your invitation to leave a comment!!
Best wishes to you,
thank you so much for writing. today i was feeling so tiny, and its good to know that my voice was heard. and actually, its good to hear about for several lines.
im so appreciative of your readings of the paintings because it reaffirms the life force within art.
i love your idea about writing music for each painting. I was just thinking today about my next show, and how I wanted to collaborate with Levon. I hadn’t thought of doing it in quite that way. I’m going to be thinking more about it and we’ll keep you posted on where it takes us.
about lines of power: i painted that as i was thinking on neitzsche’s theory of the will to power. in case you aren’t familiar, he basically states that the will to gain and maintain power is greater than even the will to live.
i find this, unfortunately, true when i think about the way we treat our environment. the fossil fuel industry (and our culture that supports it) persists on poisoning our earth, which will eventually (if unchecked) will destroy life. right now, our actions say that we value comfort and money over our health, life, and future generations to enjoy what we have been given. incredibly sad.
i dont find your insights “naive or simplistic” at all. i’m delighted to hear some of my thoughts and intentions echoed and to hear a unique perspective as well. I am able to expand my own understanding of the images and process by hearing another person’s vocabulary and shade of personal experiences. thanks for sharing and i hope you’ll come back.
i love your paintings ashley they are so cool!
(from a. addair)
we should be friends because i think you are so cool.
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thanks for keeping me fresh
Hi Ashley, I’m Giuseppe Di Gioia, a painter from Milano. I find your pictures truly extraordinary. It is not easy to find emerging artists who perform work of considerable artistic value as yours. Your painting is also starting influencing the way I paint. If you want to check out some of my previous work visit website
wow. thanks so much, giuseppe. you’ve made my day. and thank you for sharing your link, i look forward to seeing your work.
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