Joan Mitchell Center

Alison Owen

Painter & Installation Artist
July 10 – August 4
Brooklyn, NY
➔ www.alisonowen.com

Alison Owen received her MFA from Claremont Graduate University. She has participated in numerous residencies, including Artists Alliance in the Lower East Side, Wave Hill in the Bronx, LMCC Process Space on Governors Island, The Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, the Bronx Museum of Art, foundation id11 in the Netherlands, and The Hambidge Center for Art and Science in Georgia. The Rhode Island State Council for the Arts awarded Owen the New Genres fellowship in 2010, and she was a finalist for the MacColl Johnson fellowship in 2011. She has recently shown at Cuchifritos Gallery and Lesley Heller in NY, Smack Mellon and AIR Gallery in Brooklyn, and Bethel University in Minneapolis. She also creates site-specific installations in domestic environments, under the title House Work. She is currently a studio resident at LMCC Process Space, and is a fellow in the A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship Program.

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Species of Spaces

Species of Spaces

2014, dimensions variable, mixed media

For this project, I had studio visits with 45 artists who had worked with/shown at/had studios in Smack Mellon, and collected remnants and objects from their practice. I showed their work on shelves made of scavenged wood, in grids that reflected the windows on the opposite wall, adding my own interventions using wire, dust patterns, tape, and snap chalk.

Detail of Species of Spaces

Detail of Species of Spaces

Showing a quilt square, die cut stamps, rejected paintings, an artist’s t-shirt, clay pots, a homemade ouija board, a collage, and my own dust patterns above.

Impermanent Collection, detail

Impermanent Collection, detail

2015, dimensions variable, mixed media. I met with the art faculty at Bethel University, and gathered the detritus from their studio practice. I used these materials, along with stuff scavenged from the school wood-shop and print-shop, to make an installation.

Impermanent Collection, detail

Impermanent Collection, detail

dimensions variable, mixed media, 2015. This image shows glaze test tiles from the ceramics teacher and a found photograph from the graphic design teacher.

Three Versions

Three Versions

2016, found papers, drop cloth, embroidery, color-aid paper, overall dimensions 30 x 40 inches

Shelf Life, detail

Shelf Life, detail

dimensions variable, mixed media, 2012. For this installation I gathered materials from vendors at the Lower East Side Market, which is where Cuchifritos gallery is held. I then created an installation using all of the donated objects, extending patterns out into the space.

Weaving

Weaving

donated paint rags, thumbtacks, nails, and thread, overall dimensions approximately 40 x 40 inches

Transliteration

Transliteration

2012, cedar shingles, found frames, thread, nails, staples, molding, detritus, gold leaf, framed drawings, 13’x45’. I created an installation based on architectural drawings from the deCordova museum’s permanent collection, using the materials and measurements listed in drawings.