Wall-Wall (Waiting Waiting…)
The Wall-Wall paintings began in 1980s, as ‘an exploration of the fiction and artificiality of painting and the art historical canon’. Today’s ‘Wall-Wall’ works conceptually merge Ashley’s earlier “Neo-Geo” panels with his current practice, while continuing to address the central question of “What Is A Painting?”.
Bickerton uses resin-cast rocks, painted and arranged together, to be recontextualized upon installation on other walls. These exist as presentations of landscape and conceptual art, sculpture, and painting.
The text beneath the painted rocks reads as a stream of consciousness from the artist’s mind, or perhaps a fictonal narrative of idle thought, to connect and layer with the viewer’s own internal dialogue. – who is speaking? The work becomes personal, dialogical and refers to a specific moment, happening elsewhere.
Rising to prominence in New York’s East Village scene in the early 1980s, Ashley Bickerton spearheaded an alternative art movement alongside Jeff Koons, Peter Halley, and Meyer Vaisman, heralding a new style of geometric painting that rebelled against Neo-Expressionist trends. In 1993, Bickerton left New York and moved to Bali, Indonesia, where he lives and works today, having observed and experienced radical changes on the island over the last 30 years. Bickerton’s work explores the fantasy of a tropical island paradise and its reality as a de-cultured touristic locale that has been reconstructed to feed the westernized paradise ideal. Bickerton’s work has featured at the 1989 Whitney Biennial and the 44th Venice Biennale (1990), as well as in the public collections of MoMA, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and Tate Britain, London, amongst others.
oil, acrylic, enamel, metal flake and resin on plywood with aluminium
190 x 170 x 23 cm