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Alison Owen
updated: 03/13/2010
website: www.alisonowen.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Housing Project
Housing Project, detail
Housing Project, detail
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Ballast
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Ballast
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, architecture, site-specific, systems, feminist
 
 
Untitled, installation shot by Alison Owen
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dirt, detritus, mop water, metal leaf, frames
2010
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Untitled, installation shot by Alison Owen
Untitled, installation shot
dirt, detritus, mop water, metal leaf, frames
2010
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Untitled, installation shot by Alison Owen
Untitled, installation shot
dirt, detritus, mop water, metal leaf, frames
2010
Dimensions variable
Untitled, installation shot by Alison Owen
Untitled, installation shot
dirt, detritus, mop water, metal leaf, frames
2010
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Housing Project by Alison Owen
Housing Project
dirt, detritus, cut paper, cellophane, duct tape, found objects
2009
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Housing Project, detail by Alison Owen
Housing Project, detail
detail showing dirt, cut paper, wallpaper on wall
2009
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Housing Project, detail by Alison Owen
Housing Project, detail
thread, nails, dirt, cut paper
2009
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Untitled installation by Alison Owen
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dirt and detritus on double sided adhesive
2009
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Untitled installation by Alison Owen
Untitled installation
dirt and detritus on double sided adhesive
2009
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dirt and detritus on double sided adhesive
2009
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Untitled, installation detail by Alison Owen
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dirt and detritus on double sided adhesive
2009
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Untitled, installation shot by Alison Owen
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dirt and detritus on double sided adhesive
2009
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Ballast by Alison Owen
Ballast
thread, nails, paint, plywood, bricks
2009
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Ballast by Alison Owen
Ballast
nails, paint, and vinyl adhesive
2009
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Ballast by Alison Owen
Ballast
thread, nails, paint, plywood, bricks
2009
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Artist Statement

 

My installations quietly invade the environment, altering it significant yet subtle ways. I use simple materials such as masking tape, thumbtacks, dirt, and thread. The compositions develop over the course of several days in response to the physical and emotional characteristics of the site and the objects in it. I highlight the overlooked spaces, paying attention to corners, edges, and the point where one material meets another. I create new wallpaper using dirt and cut paper, I delineated volumes of space with stretched thread or strips of wood, and add ghostlike decorative elements using materials such as colored cellophane, duct tape, and broken crockery. The work appears to grow out of the space, and melt back into it.

Each installation site (whether a home, a studio, or a gallery) holds the results of many people leaving their mark, intentionally or not. When I create an installation, I pulled back some layers, and add my own. I am interested in the objects that house and display works of art, and often use pedestals, frames, and nails as the materials of my compositions. My installations and objects repurpose the things that we sweep up, throw away, and overlook.  In them, I interact with everyone who has built the room, remodeled it, cleaned it, or lived in it, and hold all of these past actions in a fragile balance with my own.

 

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

Alison Owen

owen.alison@ gmail.com

www.alisonowen.com

 

ONE AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2010 Clark College, Vancouver, WA

Maya Allison Projects, Providence, RI

2009 Flatlands, id11, Delft, The Netherlands

Ballast, Artspace, New Haven, CT

2008 Liminal, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

2007 Freizen Gallery, Nampa, ID

Retrace, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

The Spaces in Between, Tilt Gallery, Portland, OR

Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

2005 Little Sparrow, Atlanta, GA

2004 Betsy Davis and Alison Owen, Bank Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Creative Artist Agency, Beverly Hills, CA

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Upcoming 2011 Chazan Gallery, Providence, RI

2010 RISCA Award Show, hosted by Imago Gallery, Warren, RI

2009 The Austerity Cookbook, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN

Beauty Underfoot, Smack Mellon, NY, NY

2007 Here and Elsewhere, Bronx Art Museum, NY, NY

2006, Back Room, Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Architectural Elements, Dust Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

2005 Supersonic, L.A. Design Center, Los Angeles, CA

2004 Housebound, Sabina Lee, Los Angeles, CA

2003 Claremont Graduate University: A Selection, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

Our Hospitality, Adobe Books, San Francisco, CA

 

AWARDS/HONORS/RESIDENCIES

Upcoming 2010 Studio residency, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ

2010 New Genres Fellowship, RISCA

2009 Flatlands Residency, id11, Delft, The Netherlands

2008 Soaring Gardens Residency, Pennsylvania

2006 AIM, Bronx Art Museum, NY, NY

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Your Tax Dollars at Work, Gregg Cook, The Providence Phoenix, 2/11/2010

Critic’s Picks: The Austerity Cookbook, Artforum.com, 9/2009

Alison Owen at Tilt, ultrapdx.com, 6/2007

Getting to See What's Right in Front of You, portlandart.net, 6/2007

The Value of Having Some Space, Holly Myers, Los Angeles Times, 12/24/04

New American Paintings, volume 49, 12/03

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Panel discussion for Beauty Underfoot, Smack Mellon, NY, NY, 7/2009

A Tale of Three Cities, panel discussion, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY, 7/2007