Born in Barbados, and raised and educated in Ghana, Guyana, England, Hawaii, the Balearic Islands and California, Bickerton, as Paul Theroux in The Guardian sharply observed, has become a ‘connoisseur of not belonging.’ After having lived and worked in New York City for 12 years, however, being a passionate surfer as well, he settled on the island of Bali, where he is living and working for the past 24 years now. Although Bickerton certainly never completely leaves his outsider’s perspective, this solo exhibition in the beautiful and inspiring island of Bali, known for its rituals and spiritual ceremonies, its thriving handicraft community but also for its stark contrasts and intense touristic usage, foregrounds Ashley Bickerton’s strong relationship with tropical and island culture, with Bali, and with Indonesia’s contemporary art scene.
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Ashley Bickerton (1959, Barbados) graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 1982 and continued his education in the Independent Studies Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. A seminal figure in the East Village scene of the mid ’80s in New York, Bickerton was one of the original members of a group of artists known as ‘Neo-Geo,’ and to this day remains an influential figure with a younger generation of artists. His work can be found in numerous museum collections worldwide, including the MoMA, New York and the TATE, London. Last year Ashley Bickerton had his first major UK retrospective titled Ornamental Hysteria, compiling more than 50 works from four decades at the Newport Gallery in London. The artist lives and works in Bali, Indonesia.
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Collaboration Project at BIASA Cube, Kerobokan, Bali
26 October - 26 November, 2018