Artist 1. Allison Schulnik
Installation shot at Mark Moore Gallery in Culver City, CA
Her work repels and entices. The grotesque mixes with the innocent resulting in Shulnik's own personal mythology. Featuring characters like hobo clowns, mermaids, sad animals and humanoid beings, her multimedia works tell universal stories of triumph in those least likely. Once you get past what might initially seem haunting there lies a tale with Shakespearean influence (represented in his tragicomedies)--she places value on the misunderstood and marginalized, showing glimmers of hope through seemingly dark imagery.
Long Hair Hobo #2, 2008 / oil on canvas / 84 x 68 inches / Permanent Collection of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
A true multidisciplinary: she sculpts, she paints, she crafts, she works with video and film. Like most sculptors who paint, her canvases are dimensional, chock full of heavy impasto and blur the line between what is a painting and what is a sculpture. Her videos and film are incredibly haunting, with story lines that awaken the conversation between her sculptures and paintings. You can get a sense of how they work together here.
If you know me at all, you know I have an affinity for what is sometimes labeled "gothic innocence" (think Edward Gorey, Tim Burton). It's a thematic style that focuses on characters as subject, using dark imagery to convey something humanly universal (like a hobo clown who is overjoyed by nature). Or these guys at a funeral party.
Allison Schulnik is represented by Mark Moore Gallery and Zeiher Smith. I absolutely encourage all of you to keep an eye out for her work. It's truly moving in person.