The Introducing Series
The Window at 125 at The Roger Smith Hotel
Introducing is an initiative that creates a platform for emerging artists to be formally introduced by an advocate of their art and future career. Twice a month a new artist will be presented by their champion and will also have an exemplary piece of work exhibited at The Window at 125.
Introduced by Felicity Hogan
Michael Asbill is presenting a site-specific work from his sculptural installation series “Salvage”, described by the artist as a roadkill rearticulation project. Instigated by the discovery of an active roadkill dump site where carcasses covered in woodchips are left to decompose, Asbill has been collecting and excavating the bones since 2001. He remakes the deer in an anatomical replica and presents them in herds, akin to their natural inclination. They are displayed like museum artifacts though Asbill notes his approach to be “pseudo-scientific,” and that the animals that he reconstitutes are being reanimated in a “homemade and not institutional” fashion. This is emphasized by the artist’s approach to lighting that is deliberate and specific, implying the ethereal presence of their origins. The window as a stage, presents a presents an ideal platform for these works along with the potential for exposure to accidental audience, appropriate when one considers the randomness of metal to live flesh on a busy highway. Asbill’s projects investigate these margins where people and nature overlap, regardless of what they reveal. Often projects develop close to home and are investigated analytically over long periods of time echoing the eloquent history that “Salvage” brings to the fore.
“Michael Asbill was introduced to me via the network fostered by the NYFA MARK program that provides professional development to artists living outside the city in NY State. As a “creative practitioner” one of the ways I encapsulate the myriad directions of my own practice, I am impressed by how seamlessly Michael manages multiple identities of artist, collaborator, curator and advocate. He achieves this through a creative output that communicates engaging and all encompassing themes of urbanity, nature, sustainability and community. Another motivation is to bring attention to a talented artist who, like so many that I have encountered on travels around NY State, successfully exhibits in major museums and venues outside of the city and so I am thrilled to have this opportunity to present his work to a new audience in New York City.”
Michael Asbill is an installation and public artist, independent curator, and arts advocate who lives and works in Accord, New York. Recent projects include “The Cloud” an interactive computer and photographic installation for the Samuel Dorsky Museum (New Paltz, NY), “How Much? How Little? The Space to Create” a collaborative effort with Habitat for Artists for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and The Corcoran Museum of Art (Washington, DC), and “Elevations In Transition” a permanent public artwork for the historic Oregon City Elevator (Portland, Oregon). Michael co-directs KMOCA (Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art) a gallery dedicated to the exhibition of challenging contemporary artworks produced in the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York. He is the art manager for the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Michael is a founding member and resident of Mettacamp, an intentional community dedicated to sustainable living and the arts. He holds an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. publicasbill.com
This piece will occupy The Window at 125 from September 1-14th 2012
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