A Reach-cap - Walking Through My First Solo Exhibit
This post is long overdue, but during our last takeover, we covered a lot. And I do mean a lot. On top of spending 4 hours in a church services, I re-capped the opening reception for my first solo exhibition and let me tell you, this was not your average reception. We're talking live characters from the photos, interpretive performance, and a 24-foot installation. Add in over 350 guests living their best lives on bottomless wine and guys, it was a night to remember.
So on this post, I'm going to share a few photos from the night, a quick excerpt from the full write-up which was done on my site and published via The Coastal Post; the post features the performance, playlist from the night—and double bonus, my artist talk in audio format at the end! It was a transcendent night.
Hey! And if you're in North Carolina, Reach is still hanging until August 12! So let me get out of your way, enjoy babes! And see you on the @crwnmag IG!
Excerpt from A Table Is Set - A Review of Ashley Johnson's Reach written by Devon McKnight:
"This setup was fully intended and then went far beyond its intention. I think an artist hopes and dreams that the work she creates will touch someone, will build at least one connection. When art takes on the artist, when all the pieces are in place and the artist presses play, the work seeps out and into the body of the viewer and takes on a life of its own. This this this, this is magic. The magic of the spirit. This is heart and soul and life and love and mind and body. And the artist who allows for that, pushes for that, seeks that...that artist gives us life. Gives us new life. A life of our own. A life to be shared. A way in, a way forward. A question for us to ponder and move forward from. To grow on. We have been lifted, uplifted. And Ashley does not give an answer, but she gave us the honor and privilege of being included in her esoteric process of searching.
I imagine this is what birth is like. A woman, risking everything, giving life, pushing a whole soul out of her, a soul that is both her and something completely new, giving this soul to the world. Those who experience this birth are touched by a new, clean truth wrought and tempered by pain. And they are brought to their knees. “I brought you here to be uncomfortable.”