House Gallery is pleased to present the aesthetic and topographical work of Alison Denyer, Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Utah. Al’s solo exhibition Barents Shore will run from January 3-January 30, 2012 and an artist reception will be held at House Gallery on January 20 from 6-9 PM.
Al describes her Barents Shore drawings as an exploration of the aesthetics presented by the coastline and ice sheets of the Arctic as seen from a satellite viewpoint. These works, which play on the aesthetic beauty of the surface and reflective material used, present an interpretation of one of the planets’ most pristine and unspoiled areas.
In presenting these different bodies of work, Al says her intention is to not only show the beauty of the earth’s surface and the mark making capabilities of water through her own subtle mark making techniques; but also to highlight current environmental concerns presented by many of the world’s major river deltas and bodies of water. Her choice of gold as the dominant color in these series visually presents the double-edged idea of beauty, physically through surface reflection of each work, and conceptually through the commercial value that we place on natural resources.
Similar to Florian Maier-Aichen whose abstracted photographs of landscapes often focus on water from an aerial perspective, Al’s abstracted landscapes, represented both in macro and micro scales, emphasize the natural beauty and complexity of Earth’s bodies of water. Also comparable is the work of Joyce Campbell whose close-up photographs emphasize nature’s intricately detailed and textured layers much like these topographical drawings of Al Denyer.
Originally from Bath, England, Al Denyer holds an MFA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and a BA Degree from Winchester School of Art in England. She has participated in several solo exhibitions around Utah, throughout the United States and internationally as well. Her work has been published in New American Paintings, American Art Collector, and Western Humanities Review. Combing art and science, Al was recently commissioned by the new Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake to create an installation with co-researcher Erik Brunvand based on macro/micro imagery.