Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Asher Mixtape Hell 2

Asher Penn

November 21 - December 13, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009


I studied photography in college.

Sometimes when I think about my work, I get stuck on this sentence.

I studied photography in college.
I studied photography in college.
I studied photography in college.

Once, in college, I had asked a friend for a mixtape, and he gave me a drawing. It said Asher Mixtape Hell. I kept it on my wall. Sometimes I suspected that the drawing was getting kind of personal. It had my name on it. What did Asher Mixtape Hell mean? What was my friend telling me?

Was I in Hell?

A few years later I made a book called Asher Mixtape Hell. It was a collection of photographs taken in my apartment in college. A lot of them had been shot as a way to learn how to make photographs. These were photos of nothing. There were a lot of photographs with Asher Mixtape Hell in them. The writing was on the wall. There was the title.

Asher Mixtape Hell 2 is a sequel to Asher Mixtape Hell. After Asher Mixtape Hell I thought maybe I could start taking photos the way I did in college, but this time it would be OK. I'd still be in Hell, but maybe I could forget about college. I started taking photos in my apartment.

-Asher Penn, NY, 2009

Asher Mixtape Hell 2 corresponds with the release of Penn's latest book, a 550-page collection of images from photographic sessions taken over the past 3 years. Penn has selected a portfolio of 32 photographs from these series and presented each using the cover template for the book.
Asher Penn received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. He currently lives and works in New York. Asher Mixtape Hell 2 will be his first solo exhibition with Young Art.
The opening reception will be held Saturday, November 21st from 7 -10pm in conjunction with Block Party; a one-night tour of contemporary art exhibitions in non-traditional spaces through out Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, and Mt. Washington. Asher Mixtape Hell 2 will remain on view through December 13, 2009. Young Art is located in the Women's Building 1727 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles CA 90012.

To view more of Asher Penn's work, visit http://www.asherpenn.net/

For images or more information, please contact: Kate Hillseth 323 344 1322 or email info@youngartgallery.com

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