Talk: Saturday, February 4 at 6pm
Ken Ashton Bio
Ken Ashton resides in Washington, DC, and has spent the past decade photographing neighborhoods throughout the world, with DC as a starting point. He has undertaken an encyclopedic project photographing communities along the Northeastern corridor of the US, from DC to Boston, entitled “Megalopolis.” His work is included in the collections of The Washington Post, the Library of Congress, and Fannie Mae. He has exhibited in the Washington DC area, nationally, and internationally. Ken is the primary framer for the Corcoran’s photography exhibits.
Ken shared a darkroom with photographer Lisa Metzger at MOCA, formerly known as the Arlington Arts Center, 1991-1999. He was very involved working with staff hanging exhibitions during his tenure. Ken has an amazing eye and sensitivity to the surrounding from a very humanistic point of view. His work tells a unique story form his perspective that allows us to see a sense of place (community) that can get lost in the busy lifestyles of the people of Arlington.
For this exhibition I was asked to traverse the length of the U.S. Route 29 Lee Highway, renamed Langston Boulevard, in Arlington VA, a slightly diverse part of Northern Arlington.
There are few traces of housing discrimination and segregation from Arlington’s housing system from the late 19th to mid 20thcentury. Looking at where people live, gives evidence of its’ history. Part of my focus was on the Halls Hill historically Black neighborhood, and the “segregation wall,” which dates to the 1930s.
This body of work is carefully defined by a neutral perspective. I’d like to think that my work is building its’ strength from context, capturing scenes of economic life-stories told through light and form.
- Thursday – Saturday: 12-7 PM,
- Sunday: 12-5 PM
Fred Schnider Gallery of Art – 888 N. Quincy Street, Suite 102, Arlington, VA.