Alumni Ashley & Justin Brown Durand Collaborative Show

July 3, 2012

Artwork from left by Ashley Brown Durand and “The Sky Turns Blue” by Justin Brown Durand

Alumni Ashley Brown Durand ’07 and Justin Brown Durand ’05 have an upcoming show Color of the Night this July at Flying Object in Hadley, MA.

Color of the Night
On view: July 5 – 29
Reception: July 12, 7 pm

Flying Object
42 West Street, Hadley, MA

Hours: Fri – Sun: 2 – 8 pm

Justin and Ashley were married in 2010 and currently live in Northampton, MA. This is their first formal collaboration!

Ashley has been making things for as long as she can remember. Quilts, miniature soft sculptures, photographs & drawings – sometimes functional or decorative, other times deeply personal, confessional and confrontational. Her strength lies in the ability to create work that is expertly crafted, yet shows the warmth of a human touch. Her personality and spirit radiate from each piece. Much of her recent work succeeds in giving comfort and inspiration to others because it is first made as a comfort or inspiration to herself and her friends. The sentiment is genuine. Ashley graduated from Montserrat in 2007, and has since participated in shows across the country. For six years, she has maintained a successful independent business handcrafting one of a kind pieces for clients all over the world. She can be found sewing every day and believes there’s nothing better than sleeping under a handmade quilt.

Justin spends countless hours in his studio drawing pictures. He imagines a world populated by grotesque humanoids that act out his darkest and most romantic visions. He works intuitively, constructing an open-ended narrative, guided by dream logic and personal mythology. Sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing, always striving to present his thoughts and feelings honestly. He very literally uses his work as a tool for confronting and overcoming internal struggles, and as a way to connect with others. He graduated from Montserrat in 2004, and has shown in galleries and alternative art spaces around the United States. Justin has sold more than 400 small drawings to people all over the world, and recently had his first solo shows in Cleveland, OH, & Houston, TX.

To see more of their work: