ex·pose: Allison Schulnik

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Video still from Mound, 2011 Clay Stop Motion Animation, Color, Sound © Courtesy of the artist and Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City
ex·pose: Allison Schulnik
Curated by: Grace Kook-Anderson

307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
February 24th, 2013 - April 28th, 2013
Opening: February 24th, 2013 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

orange county
Sun-Sat 11-5; First Thursdays of each month 11-9
animation, sculpture


Allison Schulnik’s paintings, sculptures, and clay animations show the same relish for gutsy, expressionistic, surreal forms. Bright colors emerge through an overall dark palette, as paintings and clay animations alike take on the sense of an ever-morphing figure. The figures of hobos, clowns, and motley creatures intertwine into the environment and each other, forming moments of abstraction and then a semblance of representation again.
Influenced by kindred artists of the past such as the macabre Belgian painter James Ensor (1860-1949), Schulnik continues in a vein of surreal imagery that is haunting, mournful, and beautiful all at once. In her first museum exhibition, her paintings persist in the exploration of fantastic figures and characters on the fringes of society. The exhibition also includes all three of her animated films: Hobo Clown (2008), Forest (2009), and Mound (2011).
Schulnik was born in San Diego in 1978 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She received a BFA in experimental animation from the California Institute of the Arts. In addition to art making, she has a background in dance and is also a musician. Her works can be seen in notable collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; the Chaney Family Collection; the Musée des beaux-arts, Montreal; and the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine.
about ex·pose
is a new contemporary art program curated by Grace Kook-Anderson, curator of contemporary art at Laguna Art Museum. Focusing on one emerging or mid-career artist at a time, the program encourages the development of new projects and an immersive involvement with the museum’s Young Artists Society Gallery program. ex·pose aims to present a diverse range of artists working in all mediums.

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