ASHER PENN
Asher Mix Tape Hell 2
November 21 - December 13, 2009

ASHER MIXTAPE HELL 2

I studied photography in college.

Sometimes when I think about my work, I get stuck on this sentence.

I studied photography in college.
I studied photography in college.
I studied photography in college.

Once, in college, I had asked a friend for a mixtape, and he gave me a drawing. It said Asher Mixtape Hell. I kept it on my wall. Sometimes I suspected that the drawing was getting kind of personal. It had my name on it. What did Asher Mixtape Hell mean? What was my friend telling me?

Was I in Hell?

A few years later I made a book called Asher Mixtape Hell. It was a collection of photographs taken in my apartment in college. A lot of them had been shot as a way to learn how to make photographs. These were photos of nothing. There were a lot of photographs with Asher Mixtape Hell in them. The writing was on the wall. There was the title.

Asher Mixtape Hell 2 is a sequel to Asher Mixtape Hell. After Asher Mixtape Hell I thought maybe I could start taking photos the way I did in college, but this time it would be OK. I'd still be in Hell, but maybe I could forget about college. I started taking photos in my apartment.

-Asher Penn, NY, 2009

Asher Mixtape Hell 2 corresponds with the release of Penn's latest book, a 550-page collection of images from photographic sessions taken over the past 3 years. Penn has selected a portfolio of 32 photographs from these series and presented each using the cover template for the book.

Asher Penn received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. He currently lives and works in New York. Asher Mixtape Hell 2 will be his first solo exhibition with Young Art.

The opening reception will be held Saturday, November 21st from 7 -10pm in conjunction with Block Party; a one-night tour of contemporary art exhibitions in non-traditional spaces through out Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, and Mt. Washington. Asher Mixtape Hell 2 will remain on view through December 13, 2009. Young Art is located in the Women's Building 1727 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles CA 90012.

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Lighter, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

The Finger, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Pineapple, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Restroom, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Coffee Cup, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Flowers, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Hole Shirt, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

CDs, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Tire Swing, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Man in the Mirror, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Dead Plant, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Buddahs, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Dolmen, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Window Display #1, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Manta Ray, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Toilet Paper, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Girlfriend Still Life #1, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Girlfriend Still Life #2, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Girlfriend Still Life #3, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Window Display #2, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Desk, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Elisa, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Hat, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Chair, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Tripod, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Chinese Rocks, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Art Show, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

The View, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Bathroom Still Life, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Mirror, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Umbrella/Starbucks, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

Beer/Water, 2009
inkjet print in metal frame, 8.5 x 11 inches

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