Roles in Archive: Artist
Doug Ashford is an artist, teacher and writer. Since 1989 his primary work has been the teaching of design, sculpture and theory at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. Ashford’s principle art practice from 1982 to 1996 was as a member of Group Material, who collectively sought to transform the production, presentation and description of contemporary culture by inventing new forms of display and distribution for the museum and the street. Since those years he has gone on to make paintings, write, and produce public projects, most recently with Who Cares (Creative Time, 2006), a book built from a series of conversations between Ashford and an assembly of other cultural practitioners on public expression, ethics, and beauty. His work with Group Material has been recently compiled in Julie Ault’s, Show and Tell: A Chronicle of Group Material (Four Corners Books, 2010) and Ashford’s paintings have been recently exhibited as part of Abstract Possible, curated by Maria Lind for the Malmö Konsthall, the Museo Tamayo and other locations.