Visual Arts Faculty

Colleen Asper

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Colleen Asper is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. In her paintings she creates invaginated forms in which her body presents the rectangle. Like the empty mirror in vampire narratives or the mime as an acrobat of mimesis, Asper’s paintings play with voiding and doubling in order to understand the body as a technology for reproduction. She is also a writer and performer, writing narratives in which her painting’s mise en abymes become stages for performances of the body’s relationship to language, gender, and its own representation.

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 PracticalThe 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 an Adjunct Instructor at Cooper Union. She has also taught at 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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