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Richard Heller Gallery is pleased to present Goodbye Golden State\, a so lo exhibition of paintings by New York based artist Alison Blickle. Alisonʼ s practice is admittedly a way for the artist to live out her daydreams\, w hich often have everything to do with connecting to her inner animal and le aving the confines of city-living far behind. Her “protagonists” (loosely b ased on herself) are naked or scantily clad\, hyper-sexualized\, and seemin gly fearless creatures\, who stroll through\, laze about\, act up\, and sed uce in various natural settings. To her subjects\, the wilderness is a fant asy world where they not only bond to their environment—sometimes  quite li terally—but where their surroundings reciprocate by coming alive before the m—again sometimes quite literally. Interestingly\, the juxtaposition often appears to be purposefully awkward and conflicted: though feral\, the subje cts are also highly kempt\, and though natural\, the settings seem overly z ealous. The contradiction on the one hand and the exaggeration on the other \, ultimately point to an unwritten\, or in this case unpainted answer\, in which the true liberation of Alisonʼs alter ego happens on a more realisti c playing field.

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Alison received her MFA from Hunter College in 20 09 and has exhibited extensively in New York and California. She was recent ly featured in a group exhibition of new MFA graduates curated by Jeffrey D eitch at Deitch Projects. Alison lives and works in Brooklyn\, New York and Los Angeles.

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--Leslie Rosa

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