Michael Ashkin, Untitled (where each new sunrise…), Installation view, Secession 2009, Photo: Wolfgang Thaler

Michael Ashkin

November 20, 2009 – January 24, 2010

In the Secession’s Galerie space, American artist Michael Ashkin is showing a video work and a series of sculptures made of recycled cardboard representing proliferating settlements, designs for public squares, and prison architectures. His model-like topographies are characterized by the many ways in which they combine the realism of documentary inventorizing with a formal idiom of subjectivity and internalization. They pursue an approach already present in his early photographs of post-industrial landscapes shown, among others, at Documenta 11 (Kassel, 2002).


Michael Ashkin, born 1955 in Morristown, New Jersey, lives and works in Ithaca, New York.