Earth's first colony on a not-so-distant planet has been inhabited for just over five years. The residents within have made great progress, but with no return trip in sight, it is easy to feel lonely and homesick.
Within the exhibition, Ronning takes a step back into the 1970’s and examines what humankind's first colony in space may look like through the lens of post-moonlanding fervour. She also imagines the feeling of isolation that space colony life brings, and the role of personal possessions and effects when you are hundreds of millions of kilometres from home.
Ashley Ronning is an artist and illustrator living in Melbourne. In her art practice, she explores the wonders of space phenomena, the intricate forms of the plant kingdom, and the small fragile moments between human interactions. For this exhibition she has created a series of limited edition risograph prints, ink drawings and a zine.
Join me to celebrate the exhibition opening on February 2, 6 – 9pm, at Magic Johnston in Collingwood.
No Place Like Space continues February 3 – 8, from 10am – 5pm each day.
For a digital catalogue, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll pass one on when they are ready.
Something To Say
I was thrilled to be able to collaborate with the team at frankie magazine this year to illustrate their collection of writing from the first 12 years of frankie — Something To Say: Stories to make you laugh awkwardly in public.
Featuring witty words by Benjamin Law, Marieke Hardy, Sinead Stubbins, Justin Heazlewood and many more.
A collection of my favourite personal work. Some are casual warm-up drawings, some are paintings or prints for group exhibitions.
I have a particularly strong fondness for editorial illustration – the process of collaborating with writers is wonderful and visual problem solving is a lot of fun. I love being able to realise someone else's idea visually.
Here are a few of my favourite pieces.
Congee illustration for a recipe in frankie magazine, June 2016.
I was approached by The Hungry Workshop to take part in their annual Valentines Day card collaboration.
‘Sweet Tooth’ is letterpress printed in red and foil printed in a super fun bubble foil, on Colorplan Lavender. It is available in my shop over here.
Deep Space House Plant
Deep Space House Plant was my first solo exhibition, hosted by Rooftop Art Space , Melbourne from 2 — 28 February 2015. The body of work consisted of ten three–colour risograph prints, each in a limited edition of thirty. Each piece depicts a scene from a space-station murder mystery.
DEEP SPACE HOUSE PLANT occurs on an interstellar space station beyond our galaxy, exact location has been unknown for three earth years. The space station specialised in the affect of gravity upon earth plant life, and the discovery of plant life on other celestial bodies. Images have been received by the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico of a seemingly abandoned station with overgrown experiments and small signs of struggle. It is unknown why the six humans on the station have fled, or if something more sinister has occurred. Investigation continues.
There are a few pieces from the exhibition still available in my shop.
Posters are an incredibly fun medium to communicate information and sets the tone for a whole event. Now that mountains of details can be found on a facebook event or website, the poster itself can be more experimental and fun. These are a few of my favourite posters!
Helio Press is my small risograph publishing imprint. I started Helio in December 2015 as a way to publish the work of amazing artists and illustrators. View the web store here.
Specialising in illustrative risograph printing and DIY publishing, Helio is dedicated to the art of imbuing paper with the stories and experiences of authors and illustrators. Helio Press captures the fluid and abstract in the act of committing ink to the page. Located in Melbourne's inner north – three planets from the sun – it's the home of free range, physical art; hand-stapled by the owner of an expansive collection of inky denim.
Featuring collaborations with Olivia Grbac, Min Pin, Mel Stringer and Josh Simpson. A new zine will be out early 2017, details coming soon.
To & Fro
To & Fro is a celebration of Voiceworks' 100th issue. Voiceworks is a national magazine that showcases the work of young Australian writers, and for issue 100, past writers and editors return to the pages as contributors, and mentors to young writers.
I have contributed illustrations to Voiceworks since I moved to Melbourne, and I was lucky enough to be asked to illustrate To & Fro. I was given a lot of freedom and was able to interpret the stories in my style with no restrictions, under the guidance of editor Elizabeth Flux and designer Connor Tomas O'Brien.
A zine (/ˈziːn/ ZEEN; short for magazine or fanzine) is most commonly a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier (thanks wikipedia), but really, all of these rules can be broken.
You'll find zines can be fanzines about a favourite band, an anthology of sci-fi fiction, an illustrated of all the foods you can make with potatoes, a weekly published diary entry, artist books, comics about seagulls, absolutely anything.
I believe zines are a powerful medium for communicating stories and ideas, there are no barriers such as publishers or censorship between a zine maker and the ability to release their zines into the world. A zine can be made over years, or within the space of an hour.
I've been making zines since 2007, and right now they take the form of collections of illustrations, travel diaries and comics. You can find the zines I currently have available in my shop.
Rope Vessel Guide with Gemma Patford
I had the wonderful pleasure of working with the incredible crafter Gemma Patford on a new rope vessel guide for her rope vessel diy kit and workshops. Gemma guided me through the process, and then I went away and created an illustrated guide, and risograph printed it all here in the studio. The guide is available in Gemma's shop here.