Sonnet is a collection of works which include sculpture together with wall-based pieces. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a work entitled, Sonnet 2002, in which Ashton has composed a sonnet from phrases and words taken directly from an issue of The Economist newspaper.
Ashton has edited fragments of original text into a montage composed of inscriptions from the newspaper, including advertisements and has extracted a poem from beneath the publication's surface. The poem is etched into a sheet of brushed stainless steel in an attempt to merge the rogue prose seamlessly into the surrounding environment.
Ashton will also show two large sculptural pieces that juxtapose forms and surface textures. They confound and please by suggesting a similiar sense of poetic and gentle subversive playfulness. These works all revolve around the theme of surface. They explore issues of authorship, originality and authenticity, with a specific focus on the production of The Economist newspaper within the building.
Ashton lives and works in London and is currently studying a PhD in fine art at Goldsmith's College. He gained an MA in Sculpture from The Royal College of Art in 1997 and has exhibited extensively in London, notably at Nylon and Modern Art in 1999, Cabinet Gallery and Mobile Home in 2000 and at 3 Dingley Place in 2001. He has also shown internationally at Gavin Brown Enterprises, New York and KX in Hamburg.