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February 9, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

Allison Schulnik at CGU on February 9, 2011

Allison Schulnik will be speaking today at 4:30pm in the second in a series of art lectures at Claremont Graduate University. She makes big scary sculptural paintings of clowns, monkeys, and hobos. Among other things. Good stuff. These are free lectures at the Albrecht Auditorium on campus and I believe there’s a little reception with cookies at the Peggy Phelps gallery afterwards.

Here’s her bio from the Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica:

Allison Schulnik choreographs her subjects in compositions that embody a spirit of the macabre, a Shakespearian comedy/tragedy of love, death and farce. The subjects often stare back at the audience and study them as they are in turn studied, aware of their ancestors from the Grand Theme works of the past, the genre paintings that inform them. Although a haunting sense of foreboding, discomfort and unease is palpable, a sense of understanding, compassion and hopefulness for her cast of characters is still evident in the heavy impasto paintings. Her sculptural use of oil paint references her clay-animation background, as a motion-like sensibility affords her paintings unparalleled depth and energy.

Born in 1978 (San Diego, CA), Schulnik earned her BFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (CA). She has had significant solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Rome and London, and has exhibited in both visual arts shows and film screenings around the world. Her work can be seen in the public collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (KS), Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), The Chaney Family Collection (TX), Museé de Beaux Arts (Montreal) and the Laguna Art Museum (CA). The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

See you there.

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