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Alison Rash’s most recent body of paintings seeks to pare down elements to their most essential forms. She moves fluidly between intention and surrender to get at a quiet understanding of line, form and color. Using facets of her own life, an anecdote or idiosyncratic thought-process - she creates an initial system. Coincidence and contingency come into play and perceptual shifts occur where order and intuition converge. Casual marks gain significance and interact with one another in the compositions, becoming anything but accidental. The paintings mimic the contingent nature of life. They are more anecdotal than heroic, more off-kilter than grand. At times the small, seemingly unimportant events become the most meaningful moments and the major episodes become mere bumps in the road.
Alison is a Los Angeles based artist who grew up in rural Nebraska. She earned an MFA from Claremont Graduate University with a concentration in Painting in 2010. While at CGU, she was awarded the Claremont Graduate University Fellowship and the Walker/Parker Memorial Fellowship. She was also a Dedalus Foundation Fellowship Nominee and the Claremont Graduate University Art Fellow. Alison earned an MA in Education from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology in 2005 and a BA in Art from Pepperdine University - Seaver College in 2001. Her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego as well as internationally in Venice, Italy and Tokyo, Japan. Alison has shown at the Torrance Museum of Art.
If machines could dream, their visions would look something like Chris Trueman’s paintings, whose layers mingle in ways that are at once alchemical and mechanical. His bold, abstract pieces are overlaid with lines and grids that reflect back on the viewer to process the underlying gestural painting. Chris deftly and deliberately combines forces between hard edge lines and the organic fields of color that occupy his expansive, immersive canvases. In Chris’ work, sharp edged lines propel fields of color with such urgency that the strokes are nearly vibrating. Paintings may recall noir stories, architectural explorations, the set of a sci-fi film, or even otherworldly fantasies unbridled by the restrictions of reality.
Chris earned his MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2010, graduating with a concentration in Painting. While at CGU he was the recipient of numerous awards including the Ann Peppers Foundation Fellowship, a Claremont Graduate University Merit Fellowship and a faculty recommended Dedalus Foundation Fellowship Nomination. Chris received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003, earning dual degrees in Painting and Digital Media. Chris currently teaches Painting at Fullerton College and has previously taught at Chapman University. He has exhibited his work in numerous shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and internationally in Milan, Italy. Chris has shown at the Torrance Museum of Art and MOAH (Museum of Art and History).
Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard Ave
Kensington MD 20895