Colleen Asper is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a painter who also works in video, writes, performs, curates, and collaborates—treating painting as a frame best understood through collision with its limit rather than maintenance of its border. In her paintings she creates invaginated forms in which the body presents the rectangle. These mise en abymes in turn become structures in which the body performs its own representation. Like the empty mirror in vampire narratives or the mime as an acrobat of mimesis, Asper’s paintings play with doubling in order to understand the body as a technology for reproduction. She also collaborates with Marika Kandelaki on Hole, an ongoing project perverting the logic that marks a hole as lack that has taken the form of Holes 123s (performances) and Hole ABCs (narratives).
Asper has had solo and two person exhibitions at venues that include Stellar Projects (2018) New York, NY; On Stellar Rays, New York, NY (2016); P!, New York, NY (2015); Art Production Fund Lab, New York, NY (2010); and Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA (2007). Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including Galeria Anita Schwartz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2018); The Luminary, St. Louis, Missouri (2017); Art in General, New York, NY (2016); The Drawing Center, New York, NY (2015); Queens Museum, Queens, NY (2015); The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, Oceanville, NJ (2015); and Anahita Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran (2015). Her work has been reviewed in publications that include Artforum, frieze, Art in America, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Additionally, she has contributed writing to publications such as Art Practical, The Brooklyn Rail, Lacanian Ink, and Paper Monument.
Asper began teaching at Princeton in the Spring of 2018; she is a Critic in Painting at Yale University and BFA Core Faculty at New York University. She has also taught at Cooper Union, Parsons, The New School for Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn College, Queens College, Rutgers University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Additionally, she has been a visiting artist at schools that include Columbia University; School of Visual Arts; Harvard University; Sarah Lawrence College; University of California, San Diego; San Francisco Art Institute; University of Vermont; Brandeis University; and School of the Museum of Fine Arts.