Ashley Zelinskie: Future Works at Kate Oh Gallery



Platonic Solids, artist Ashley Zelinskie. Image courtesy of Kate Oh Gallery

The Kate Oh Gallery will end the year with a solo exhibition of artwork entitled Future Works by the Brooklyn-based conceptual-technological artist Ashley Zelinskie, with an Opening Reception on Thursday, December 14th from 6-8pm.


Brillo Box 2014, Full color 3D Printed Nylon, artist Ashley Zelinskie. Image courtesy of Kate Oh Gallery

With a view toward the future, the Kate Oh Gallery describes Zelinskie’s work  as “Works intended to survive the ravages of time by speaking in code – mathematical, biological and artistic. her artworks experiment with bridging the gap between humans and the unknown – be it humanity of the distant future, or artificial and other unknown intelligences. Zelinskie creates Rosetta Stones for art, translating our artistic traditions for a technological future.”

“Her Reverse Abstraction series begins with a simple replies: that humans and computers perceive the world through different languages, and what is concrete for one is abstract for the other. The objects and shapes so familiar in human art – natural forms, human shapes-cannot be perceived by computers in their original for. Likewise, the code that is innate to a computer-ones and zeroes, on and off-are merely a jumble of symbols to the human senses.”

Merahi met no Tehamana (Detail) 2016, laser cut canvas, artist Ashley Zelinskie. Image courtesy of Kate Oh Gallery

“The Reverse Abstraction series speaks in both languages: human and machine. Zelinskie constructs traditional objects in dual forms; as the classical object and as the hexadecimal and binary codes that represent them.  Hence a Gauguin painting hangs on the wall, cut through into lacy text that, on inspection, is the computer code for the image file. A simple geometric solid-one of the iconic Platonic solids-is 3D printed, wrapped I’m the code for the 3D model.  In each case, the abstraction (code) becomes material (object), the meanings for humans and computers are united, and the duality is resolved.”

(Above) YouTube video of designer and artist Ashley Zelinskie, speaking about her work with reverse abstraction, 3D printing with Shapeways, and her 3D printed chair made with code!

The artist, Ashley Zelinskie, lives and works in Brooklyn, where she runs a progressive arts center and studio complex, The Active Space.  She is a founding member of the Lady Tech Guild, and has collaborated on events with Makerbot Studios, Shapeways, Google and recently, NASA.  In 2014, she was a resident at The New Museum Incubator project, NEW INC, and she won the Adobe and Shapeways Ultimate Design Award for Iconic 3D Print in that same year.

Artist, Ashley Zelinskie. Image courtesy of Kate Oh Gallery

Ashley Zelinskie: Future Works will be on view from December 14, 2017 to January 13, 2018 at Kate Oh Gallery located at 50 East 72nd Street, between Park and Madison Avenue. Please RSVP for the Opening Reception at