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Claire Ashley's 'Cosmic Gasp' on display Oct. 22 - Dec. 10

Join the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) and West Shore Community College (WSCC) as they host a public artist reception Friday evening, Oct. 22 from 5-8 p.m. in the art center's performance hall celebrating Chicago-based artist Claire Ashley's installation 'Cosmic Gasp.'


Ashley's 'Cosmic Gasp' installation is part of the WSCC Humankind Series and will be on display at LACA Oct. 22 through Dec. 10. 'Cosmic Gasp' will also include installations at various location on the WSCC campus.


“Claire Ashley’s works are playful, magical, and in their large scale will transform both the interiors of the college campus buildings, and the Ludington Center for the Arts.” said WSCC’s Professor of Art and Curator, Eden Ünlüata-Foley. “The dynamic nature of these works will challenge our understanding of abstract art and how art may be presented in unconventional ways.”


Friday's public artist reception, featuring drinks and food from chef Barry Sherlock, will also include a performance related to the installation at around 7 p.m. The exhibit, reception, and presentation are free and open to the public.


Scottish-born, now Chicago-based, Claire Ashley’s works mine the language of painterly abstraction, monumental sculpture, slapstick humor, and Pop Art to transform ordinary materials into inflatable large-scale painted sculptures. 

In October of 2020, Claire Ashley, as a part of Humankind, gave a presentation of her work, her inspirations, and presented a performance online. That talk and performance may be viewed at Works of Claire Ashley.


The theme of the 2021-2022 humankind series is “Movement.” Topics to be explored under this theme include bodily ability (in the context of disability rights), socio-economic mobility, transportation, immigration, anti-discrimination social movements, and climate change.


Additional information on the artist may be found at https://clairehelenashley. and