August 2, 2010-December 17, 2010 (First Floor Gallery)
“Assemblages,” an exhibit of works by Josh Ashley, is a collection of ‘sculptures’ that explore junk reincarnate. No type of debris or defunct tool, instrument or personal effect is exempt from the possibility of finding itself embedded in an assemblage by this local artist. Featured in this exhibit is Dancing Can-Can Girl, a gift to the USA Library which will remain on permanent display in the first floor atrium. Josh has created art almost all of his life. Until recently, his art was only seen by a few close friends. Interest started to grow and the normally very private artist began to enjoy the attention that his work was receiving and decided to make his art available to more people. His creativity is driven by emotion and so is neither precise nor organized. These are snapshots of a moment of inspiration. He creates it as he feels it. Since these pieces come from such an honest and personal place, you will most likely love his work or just look at it strangely wondering what in the world could have been going on when he created it. Perhaps what he hopes most is that you will find something in what he creates that touches a familiar chord somewhere within you or maybe even makes you feel something you’ve never felt before.