new-york

Michael Ashkin

Andrea Rosen Gallery

“Drive Route 1 and 9 from Metuchen to the Holland Tunnel. Do this from South to North late in the afternoon on a sunny day to catch the full effect of the light on the multi-colored signs and roadside architecture. Make sure that . . . you stay on Truck Route 1 and 9 into Kearny. This last leg takes you over two rusted drawbridges into Jersey City, taking a turn past my favorite carpet store where several mutilated statues of loggers stand outside.” Michael Ashkin’s idea of a picturesque road trip may be a little closer to Tony Soprano’s than most people’s, but at least you could say, based on this extract from a 2001 interview with Jeff Rian, that he is precise with his directions.

Ashkin’s fifth solo show in New York consisted of eight sets of small gelatin silver prints, framed or pinned directly to the wall in simple grid arrangements, and a selection of short textual fragments,

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