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Ash Lieb’s “The Meaning of Life” ♫

24 March, 2011 @ 12:00 pm - 10 April, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

Ash Lieb’s “The Meaning of Life” ♫

Life – noun
1.  The condition that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms.
2.  A collection of Pop Surrealist artworks from 2005-2011.

Young Ballarat artist Ash Lieb creates his artwork using his camera, found images, his computer and his ‘off-the-wall’ imagination. The resultant digital Photo Montage Giclee prints are described by Lieb as “Pop Surrealism”, with a humorous bent. While Lieb says that his work is more like the creation of a kind of visual joke than it is self-referencing, the works themselves nevertheless tell a much deeper and thoughtful story.

While the title of the exhibition will undoubtedly echo that age old profound search for meaning and inspiration, the grand exposition of flawless and often breathtaking imagery featuring references to Pop-culture may too appropriately invoke thoughts of the the work of Monty Python with the title alluding to the surreal comedians also revealing parallels to the artist’s own absurd or surreal humour.

With imagery that Chronicles what is happening in the world around him, much of Lieb’s imagery in the Meaning of Life features a style of art that the artist has developed for many years. His humourous style is described as being of a kind of visual adaptation of the artist’s own comedy that itself was moulded and fashioned under the tutelage of listening to such comic greats as Woody Allen and Mitch Hedberg. The imagery exudes with the kind of instincts that Andy Warhol would be proud of but is formed with the kind of extraordinary skill and imagination that one might more associate with the likes of Salvador Dali.

While all the imagery within the grand exhibition is created with an endearing view of the world, a small selection of imagery in the Meaning of Life takes us briefly through Lieb’s battle with cancer in his 20′s. The artist underwent surgery for a rare brain tumour in 2003, and in 2007 while completing his major university assignment Lieb would undergo brain surgery once again with radiation treatment throughout the year.

The phenomenal exhibition is comprised of large and very large polished and lustrous unique prints that fill the gallery with a bright and youthful spectacle that will have universal appeal. At 28 years of age, the  journey of the wary wunderkind who began exhibiting professionally at the age of eight is still only beginning. The artist having just recently completed his Bachelor of Visual Art at the Ballarat Arts Academy fits well into the flourishing new class of current emerging talent in Australia.

The exhibition runs from 24th March – 10th April 2011 at Space 22.


24 March, 2011 @ 12:00 pm
10 April, 2011 @ 5:00 pm
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