Ashley GILBERTSON<br/>
<em>Untitled</em> (2020) <!-- (recto) --><br />

inkjet print<br />
(40.5 x 61.0 cm) (image)<br />
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br />
Purchased NGV Foundation, 2021<br />
2021.688<br />
© Ashley Gilbertson
Creative Practice: Ashley Gilbertson
New York City
Materials, Techniques and Processes
Black Lives Matter
Favourite Camera

Questions for discussion

  1. Discuss the main themes and ideas in Gilbertson’s work. What ideas does Gilbertson want to communicate in his work?
  2. Identify and discuss Gilbertson’s use of materials and techniques. How has he used materials and techniques to represent his ideas and achieve a particular style in his artworks?
  3. How has Gilbertson refined and resolved his artworks? Consider his editing process and the way that artworks were selected and presented for exhibition.
  4. Gilbertson has a strong critical eye. As he tells us in Materials, Techniques and Processes ‘I’m not just shooting a picture of soldiers in the street giving out food I’m composing’. What evidence of compositional framing can you find in the images below. Identify focal points and discuss. How has Gilbertson kept our eye within the frame?
  5. Refer to the selection of images below. Choose one. Discuss Gilbertson’s use of the art elements (line, tone, shape, form and light etc.) and principles (balance, contrast, emphasis/focal point, repetition, rhythm, space etc.). How has this contributed to the distinctive aesthetic qualities in his artworks?
  6. Review the videos. What role does Gilbertson hope the artworks might play in society? What role do you think they might play in society?
  7. What have you learnt from Gilbertson’s art practices and processes that are relevant to your own work?