Visual Arts Faculty

Colleen Asper

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Colleen Asper is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Like the empty mirror in vampire narratives or the mimetic acrobatics of the mime, her work plays with voiding and doubling the body. For Asper this taint of the double (that, in its status as “merely” a copy, also becomes a blank) extends to representation itself, which is often cast as a theatrical degradation of an original through association with the feminine. In her paintings she creates invaginated forms in which her body serves as a framing device, and she writes and performs using her painting’s lacuna as stages for narrative.

Asper has had solo and two person exhibitions at venues that include 17Essex, New York, NY (2019); Stellar Projects, New York, NY (2018); 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 at venues such as Kunstverein Langenhagen, Hanover, Germany (2020); Lošinj Museum, Osor, Croatia (2019); The Luminary, St. Louis, Missouri (2017); Art in General, New York, NY (2016); The Drawing Center, New York, NY (2015); and Queens Museum, Queens, NY (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 PracticalThe Brooklyn Rail, Lacanian Ink, and Paper Monument.

Asper began teaching at Princeton in the spring of 2018. She has also taught at Yale University; Cooper Union; New York University; 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.



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Program in Visual Arts
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