2023 East Cesar Chavez

Austin, Texas  78702

Contact:  Gay Fay Kelly


Ashe Laughlin:  Conflict


Opening Reception: Saturday, March 1, 2014, 7-9 p.m.

Exhibition runs through March 29, 2014.

In his most recent series of drawings and paintings, Conflict, Laughlin takes as his subject matter images of unrest. In drawings of the Middle East and Turkey culled from various online news sources, his oil paint on multilayered  Plexiglas drawings objectify and make monumental the plights of unknown people before they and their struggles disappear into the depths of the Internet. Abstract, heavily layered oils speak to more personal, internal conflicts. Images are based on conflicts intellectual (art critic Hilton) and internal (Roué).  The very fabrication of the pieces is a conflict of sorts: All of the work is done line by line, smudge by smudge, dab by dab, in a time-consuming conversation, an aesthetic argument between the painter and and existing paint, the drawer and the established line. Some canvases take years in conversations that never reach an end until they leave the studio.

About Ashe Laughlin. Ashe Laughlin is a Senior Lecturer at Texas State University and an Adjunct Professor at Austin Community College. He received his  BA at the University of Texas at Austin and his MFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

About Gay Fay Kelly.  Gay Fay Kelly is an Austin artist and gallerist.  Her home gallery opened in 2008.  Her 2014 program at Prizer includes solo exhibitions by Fidencio Durán, Ashe Laughlin, Brian Johnson and Satch Grimley.  She holds a BA from Rice University.