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Allison Edge
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint



ARTIST STATEMENT: These paintings are set in the era of family trips taken in a station wagon, and portable cassette players with foam-covered headphones… A time just pre-dating MTV, when Polaroid cameras were a cool Christmas present. They are photo-based memories of dream-like images, documenting holidays, vacations, and special occasions. The paintings combine real experiences with the imagined fantasies and daydreams of 1980s adolescence. Each painting presents a seemingly carefree and innocent place or event, but all are tinged with elements of mystery, melancholy, or fear. The images are chosen for their often soft-edged appearance or faded, discolored, and overexposed qualities. The photorealist technique in which they are painted emphasizes these aspects -- the idea is to directly reference the photographic source while also transcending it. Simultaneously, a series of male musicians from the same era are depicted in painted photorealist monochrome. They represent the music played on the cassettes of introspective adolescence: Joy Division, New Order, Echo & the Bunnymen. Most of them are captured singing into the microphone with their eyes closed, in a dream-like stance. They are presented on dark backgrounds, in contrast to the light-filled photo-memory paintings. In a time preceding the music video, the artist associated these images with the music she listened to on her headphones, often while traveling with her family. They provide a soundtrack to the hazy memories of summer pools and rare southern winter snowfalls. The romantic and sometimes dark themes of these musicians echo the often unavoidable darker aspects of the adolescent experience. They are painted with a solemn reverence for their personal significance to the artist.
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  • Camp Thunderbird, 1981
    2010
    oil on canvas   24 X 24 in

  • Palmetto Dunes 1989
    2008
    oil on canvas   36 X 48 in

  • Snowfall: Scotch Plains, 1978
    2009
    oil on canvas   33 X 41 in

  • It's A Small World
    2008
    oil on canvas   48 X 60 in

  • Blue Swamp Diorama
    2010
    oil on canvas   36 X 24 in

  • Black Cat Fireworks
    2009
    oil on canvas   48 X 48 in

  • Little Fawns/Teen Wolves
    2008
    oil on canvas   62 X 48 in

  • Flamingo Oasis
    2008
    oil on canvas   36 X 36 in

  • Hidden Waterfall
    2010
    oil on linen   15 X 19 in

  • Seal Habitat
    2009
    oil on canvas   16 X 20 in

  • Ian Curtis: Colony
    2008
    oil on canvas   36 X 36 in

  • Ian Curtis
    2007
    oil on canvas   20 X 20 in

  • Bernard Sumner: Your Silent Face
    2009
    oil on canvas   36 X 36 in

  • Jim Reid: Don't Ever Change
    2009
    graphite on paper   11 X 12 in

  • Ian Curtis: Isolation
    2009
    graphite on paper   11 X 14 in
 








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