2018 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow
Glyndor Gallery | February 12– March 24, 2018
Pictured Above: Guilty Gear, 2017, Oil on polytab, 58 1/2 x 63 inches. Courtesy of the artist
Ashton Agbomenou’s work draws inspiration from graffiti, early 20th century artists like Henry Ossawa Turner and John Singer Sargent, science fiction and anime. His paintings are produced with an amalgamation of attributes from these inspirations. By conducting interviews, collecting photographs and doing research at the Schomburg center the artist will build a bank of information that will help inform the images that he creates during his time at Wave Hill. Agbomenou work attempts to chronicle and strengthen relationships in African communities all around the world.
While in the winter workspace, Agbomenou envisions creating a series of portraits and landscapes that depict the histories of people in his native Harlem, the Bronx and Upper Manhattan that would serve as a conservation effort to preserve the cultural environments of these communities. The paintings will provide viewers with visual mementos. The artist plans to pull from Wave Hill’s natural resources to provide a wide array of shapes and colors to build a catalogue of photographs to use in his layered painting, collage process.
Ashton will be present for Drop-In Studio Sundays on February 25 and March 4 from 1-3PM.
The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.