“Lumpy Morsels, Hot Rocks”

A one of a kind experience at the Cleve Carney

Lucas Koprowski and Bethany Berg

“Lumpy Morsels, Hot Rocks” was created by Claire Ashley, a veteran artist of 20 years who has adapted her style of painting to become more than just a flat canvas. She sculpted these inflatable canvases to be able to look like abstract, brightly colorful pieces of art where people can be inside and made the sculptures come to life. Walking into this exhibit is unlike any other that has been in the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, where the art will interact and bump into you when you’re not looking.


“I made 30 pieces for this show, specifically, that are a different palate than my previous work,” said Ashley. “I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough work. It took me roughly four months to put this together. I’m really happy about the quality of the color palates and the cohesiveness of how the installation went. I wanted this to feel like a rocky, bouldery area.”


If you would like to experience the unique style of Ashley’s sculptures for yourself, you can either look at the video at codcourier.org, or go and see it for yourself at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery. The gallery will be displayed until March 19. It will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The artist lecture is on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at MAC 153 as part of the College of DuPage Visiting Artist Lecture Series.