During the steirischer herbst 2013, the Grazer Kunstverein continues to investigate various notions of ‘social abstraction’ by presenting abstracted formalizations of social (collective) representation; from the schematic analytical paintings of Doug Ashford, the physical investigations between the body and its surroundings within the work of Trisha Brown, the alterations between geometric forms and ritualistic structures in the recent performances by Germaine Kruip and ‘the economy’ as the dominant metaphor for contemporary social and political relations as exemplified within the work of Sarah Browne.
Coming from a background of a socially engaged art practice in the ’80s and ’90s as part of the New York-based art collective Group Material (1982–1996), artist Doug Ashford (b. 1958, New York) took up painting in earnest after the collective ended.
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