Emily Amy Gallery presents Ashley Anderson’s newly completed series, “Shinobi Marilyn.” The exciting new series consists of works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, digital collage, and animated gifs. The body of work was initially inspired by an online discovery of imagery embedded in a classic Sega video game from 1987, entitled Shinobi. Convinced the appearance of Marilyn Monroe in the classic game was a posthumous tribute to Andy Warhol created by the game designer in 1980’s Japan, Anderson sought to explore the subject further.
On August 4th, 1962, Andy Warhol’s first exhibition of his Pop works closed in Los Angeles. That same night, 8 miles from Warhol’s show, Marilyn Monroe’s life ended. This show will commemorate, to the day, the 50th anniversary of both Monroe’s death and also the end of Warhol’s first Pop show, as well as Warhol’s subsequent production of his Marilyn paintings and prints, which began in August of 1962.
Ashley Anderson has been discovering connections between obsolete game imagery and the wider history of visual art for almost 10 years. In Shinobi Marilyn, Ashley zeroes in on imagery of the iconic Marilyn Monroe that he accidentally found hidden in the background of the classic Sega game.
While collecting imagery for his other collages, Ashley noticed a highly degraded, low resolution likeness of Marilyn Monroe inserted as a background decoration in an alley in Shinobi. Research revealed an unusual intersection between Monroe’s death, the career of Andy Warhol, who would become famous for resurrecting Monroe in his mechanical paintings, and the design of Shinobi. Using 9 separate likenesses of Monroe pulled from 9 different console conversions of Shinobi created between 1987 and 1988, Anderson formulates the breadth of this body of work. Ultimately, through his drawings on plastic film, gold acrylic paintings, and gel transfer prints, Anderson explores ideas of seeing, value, and representation.
Ashley Anderson is a lifelong Georgia resident. He has shown work throughout Atlanta as well as Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Portland. Most recently, Ashley participated in the International Teletext Art Festival, a television broadcast-based art festival in Helsinki, Finland. Please join us in welcoming Ashley Anderson to Emily Amy Gallery at the opening reception for his first solo-exhibition, Shinobi Marilyn. We hope to see you at the gallery soon.
Through Sept. 1.
Anderson will give an artist talk at the gallery on Saturday, August 18 at 1 p.m. during the Westside Art Walk.
Emily Amy Gallery
1000 Marietta St., Suite 208
Atlanta, GA 30318