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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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ARTIST RESUME:


b. 1975 North Carolina

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
2010
LtS at the Roger Smith Hotel: Allison Edge & Jason Bryant, New York City
Affordable Art Fair New York City with Like the Spice Gallery
2009
Brooklyn Artillery with Like the Spice Gallery
“Off the Clock” Like the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Crystal Days” Like The Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (solo show)
Affordable Art Fair New York City with Like the Spice Gallery
2008
“It’s A Small World After All” Like the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
SCOPEmiami Art Fair with Like the Spice Gallery
BRIDGE Art Fair Miami with Like the Spice Gallery
“Splash” Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York City
“Have You Seen the Horizon Lately” Leo Kesting Gallery, New York City
Affordable Art Fair New York City with Like the Spice Gallery
2007
“Deer Art” Like the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2006
“You’re the One For Me” Motel, Portland, OR (solo show)
AQUA Art Miami with Motel (Portland)
The Affair with Motel, Portland, OR
SCOPE-Hamptons with Lincart (SF)
“Boys Club” Lincart, San Francisco, CA
Art LA Art Fair, Santa Monica, with Lincart (SF)
2005
SCOPE-Miami with Jack the Pelican Presents
Pulse Art Miami with Caren Golden Gallery (NYC)
“For Your Eyes Only” Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY
SCOPE-Hamptons, with Jack the Pelican Presents and Lincart
“Larger Than Life” Lincart, San Francisco, CA (solo show)
MACO Mexico, with Lincart, Mexico City, Mexico
“Portrait” Space B Gallery, NYC
“Catholic” Gallery Claska, Tokyo, Japan
“Catholic” Someday Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
“Two For the See-Saw” Branch Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC
2004
“Art of the Neighborhood” TLC Artspace, Brooklyn, NY
2001
“The Young Ones” Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC
“Only Human” Flux Gallery, San Diego, CA
2000
“Boys” Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, NC
1999
“Unacceptable” Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
2009
Burket, Brent, “Unknown Pleasures,” Heart as Arena.blogspot.com, March 18, 2009, photo.
2006
Duford, Daniel, “Allison Edge: ‘You’re the One For Me‘ at Motel.” Artweek, June 2006, vol. 37, issue 5, pp. 22-23, photo.
Jahn, Jeff, “Allison Edge at Motel,” PortlandArt.net, April 26, 2006, photos.
Norris, T. J., “Is it Art?” OregonLive.com, April 7, 2006, photo.
2005
Pearson, Jesse and Glynnis McDaris, editors, Catholic No.1: Cats, expanded second edition book, Distributed Art Press / Evil Twin Productions, p. 84, photo.
2001
Gelgud, Nathan, “Young Americans,” The Independent Weekly, April 4,
p. 43, photo.

EDUCATION:
MFA University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2000)
BFA University of Georgia (1997)

AWARDS:
Holderness Fellowship
Town of Breckenridge Guest Artist (March 2010)
 








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