A pioneer of the ’80s Neo-Geo movement (short for neo-geometric conceptualism), along with Jeff Koons, Peter Halley, and Meyer Vaisman, Ashley Bickerton suddenly dropped out of the East Village scene in 1993 and moved to Bali, where he remains two decades later. His latest show, and his fourth solo exhibition at Lehmann Maupin, is a new series of portraits of women that begins not with photos of live models, as he’s done in the past, but with pictures of his own clay sculptures of females decorated with seashells, cigarette necklaces, rotting food, flowers, and insects. He then mounts the digitally manipulated photographs, which are printed on canvas, onto wood or fiberglass, and works them over with oil and acrylic paints in vibrant tropical colors. The result? Deeply strange and moving portraits that look as though they’ve been unearthed from the bottom of the ocean.
Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. Starts: Sept. 16. Continues through Oct. 26, 2013