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Allison Cortson

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Milan, Hiroki and their Dust, 2007 Oils, Dust, Glue, Acrylic Sealer/canvas 60x72 in
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Fountain, 2007 Dust, Glue, Acrylic Sealer/canvas 30x40 in
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Ry and his Dust, 2007 Oils, Dust, Glue, Acrylic Sealer/canvas 46x72 in
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Karen and her Dust, 2007 Oils, Dust, Glue, Acrylic Sealer/canvas 72x100 in
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Small Big Bang, 2007 Dust, Glue, Acrylic Sealer/canvas 30x40 in
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The Being and Fading of Particles, 2007 Oils, Dust, Glue, Acrylic Sealer/canvas 84x120 in
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Inside a drop, 2007 Dust, Glue, Acrylic Sealer/canvas 11x14 in
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Bridge, 2007 Dust, Glue, Acrylic Sealer/canvas 24x30 in
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Particle Accelerator Drawing, 2007 Pastels on Canvas 18x24 in
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Particle Accelerator Drawing, 2007 Pastels on Canvas 16x20 in
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Eric Descending the Staircase © Courtesy of the Artist and Happy Lion
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Eric Descending the Staircase, 2009, 2009 Oil, Dust, Glue, Acrylic Medium, Canvas 68 by 90 Inches © Allison Cortson / Happy Lion
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Alison in Salzburg, 2009 Oil, Dust, Glue, Acrylic Sealer on Canvas 60 X 48" © Courtesy of the Artist and Happy Lion
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Madeline and Her Dust, 2008 Oils,dust,glue and Acrylic Sealer on Canvas 20" X 24" © Photo by MIles
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Santa Monica, CA
Birth year
1978
Lives in
Los Angeles, CA
Works in
Los Angeles, CA
Schools
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), 2003, MFA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2001, BA
Representing galleries
Tags
figurative, mixed-media
Statement

My interests in the investigation of the known world through physics and biology are reflected in my practice. Currently, in my own work I deal with the representation of the figure through my series of Dust Paintings. For these portraits, I photograph the subject in their home. Then over a period of months I collect the dust from their home via their vacuum bags. Dust arrives in our homes as a remnant of our own existence and degeneration as it is up to 70% human skin. The painting is completed by rendering the subject in a realistic manner in oils and the rest of their environment is rendered solely out of the dust from their home. Their pets and any other living things are also included, as their particles are also contained within the dust.

 

BIOGRAPHY 

Born in Santa Monica, California 12/01/1978

Lives and works in Los Angeles

 

Education                                                                               

2003       MFA in Art, California Institute for the Arts, Valencia, CA                                                                                                       

2001       BA in Art, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

                                                           

Solo Exhibitions 

2007       From Dust, The Happy Lion Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2006       Collecting Dust, Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, Germany

 

2005       Dust Painting, The Happy Lion Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2002       Interpretation of an Omen, Gallery D300, CalArts, Valencia, CA

 

Group Exhibitions 

2007       Dear Mr. Saltz, Pharmaka Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                Curators: York Chang, Karyl Newman

 

2006       25 Bold Moves, Venice, CA

                Cuators: Simon Watson, Craig Hensala of Scenic

                KLF/Strictly Painting, I-20 Gallery, New York, NY

                Campari, (This show was not sponsored by…), Park Projects, Eagle Rock, CA

                Cuator: Luciano Perna

 

2003       Fresh Coat, Black Dragon Society Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                We’ve Moved, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

                Transplant, Latch Gallery, Culver City, CA

                Curated: Ry Rocklen

                MFA Thesis Exhibition, Nodding Off, L-Shape Gallery, CalArts, Valencia, CA

 

2001       Senior Show, New Wight Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

 

2000       Scapes, 8t Floor Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

               Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

               Curator: Karen Higa, Curator for Japanese American National Museum

 

1999       The Female Experience, Disney Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

1998       Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

               Curator: Dr. Alexandre Melo, University of Lisbon

 

Reviews, Awards and Publications

2007    Frank, Peter, Art Pick, Elizabeth Tobias Dear Mr. Saltz, LA Weekley, June 2007

            Meyers, Holly, Around the Galleries: Dear Mr. Saltz, Los Angeles Time, June 2007

           

2006    Harper's Magazine, The Deception of Matter, featured in June 2006 Issue pg. 19

            Nys Dambrot, Shana, Review, Allison Cortson: Dust Painting, Flavorpill, Los Angeles, Issue 150 December

 

2001    Kay Nielsen Memorial Award for Drawing, Steam Drawings project, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

            Juror: James Welling, Professor of Art, UCLA

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