We have been following the exhibits at the Laguna Museum for years – they often show cutting edge and newbrow art that other museums refuse to consider. One of their new series, created by curator Grace Kook-Anderson, is “ex-pose”and it focuses on emerging artists – like this upcoming exhibit of Allison Schulnik.
PREVIEW: Allison Schulnik in Laguna Beach at the Laguna Art Museum
Opens Feb. 24th, showing through April 28th, 2013.
Allison’s work is a gooey mess of goodness, super chunks of paint intersect with layered strokes, erupting into a final arresting image. A cacophony of pigment, reminding one of the Expressionists, full of emotional turmoil and freeform abandon. So much textured dimension that they might be considered sculptures – which make sense when you view her claymation videos. Allison’s more demented images are crazed, disturbed clowns or angst ridden humans – while others are beautiful still life captivations like the seashells below. Little hooded figures appear in many of her works – are they Klu Klux Klan, medeval priests or softie ice cream cones? Deranged frosty birthday cakes, children’s finger paintings or sculpted wall reliefs? Whatever they conjure up – they are fresh expressions and absolutely fabulous.
I know that I seem to be drawn to sad characters, the forlorn reject. Something about being on the outside. The outcast. But I also am intrigued by the super confident fool. He too is a reject. I’m not really interested in what’s accepted by people. I like the things, places and characters that have been forsaken. On both sides of the field. The happy genius fool and the pathetic misfit. I guess I like drama. – Allison Schulnik, Via Fecal Face Interview