Allison Schulnik / MATRIX 168
February 6, 2014 – May 4, 2014
MATRIX 168 featured work by artist Allison Schulnik, centering on the museum premiere of the artist’s Eager (2014), a new stop-motion, clay animation video. Also shown is Mound (2011), which Schulnik describes as, “a celebration of the moving painting,” and which The New York Times says, “demonstrates the thrill of old-fashioned animation.”
Schulnik’s clay animation videos feature lonely marginalized characters and obscure musical pieces, and have earned her wide acclaim. Accompanying Schulnik’s videos, the adjacent gallery features a fantastical installation of 14 paintings and a motley cast of sculptures on mismatched pedestals—which directly connect to her videos through subject matter, color palette, and heavy impasto effects. The tactile nature of Schulnik’s paintings creates a motion-like sensibility that affords them unparalleled depth and energy. Says the artist:
“I draw from dance, movies, music, cartoons, once-loved discarded relics, long-loved junk classics, myself and loved ones, strangers and stars, fools and sages. I like to meld earthly fact, blatant fiction and a love for raw material and the hand-made to form a stage of tragedy, farce, and ominous, crude beauty.”
Schulnik was born in San Diego in 1978 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She received a BFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), where she trained under legendary animator Jules Engel, contributor to Disney classics Fantasia (1940) and Bambi (1942), and founding director of the Experimental Animation Program at Cal Arts. In addition to art making, she has a background in dance, and is also a musician. Her works reside in notable collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and the Musée des beaux-arts, Montréal.
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EXHIBITION MEDIA COVERAGE
SXSW Film, March 11, SXSW Film Awards Announced! by Jim Kolmar
The Hartford Courant, Feb. 11, Claymation Animator Brings Art Of Stop-Motion To Atheneum by Susan Dunne
Cartoon Brew, Feb. 8, Allison Schulnik Exhibits Stop Motion Film at Wadsworth Atheneum by Amid Amidi
Art Daily, Feb. 7, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Premieres New Work by Artist Allison Schulnik
C-Monster, Feb. 5, Calendar. 02.05.14.
Artribune, Feb. 5, Allison Schulnik, la clayanimatrice
The Hartford Courant, Jan. 15, Clay, Animation, Installations, And Planes, Trains, and Automobiles by Susan Dunne
PREVIEW EXHIBITION VIDEOS
Allison Schulnik, Eager, 2014, video still from stop-motion, clay animation video, 8:30 minutes, image courtesy the artist; Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles; and ZieherSmith, New York. Cinematography by Helder K. Sun. Music by Aaron M. Olson.
Assorted installation images, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
MATRIX 168 is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The MATRIX program is also supported in part by the current and founding members of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art’s Contemporary Coalition. Support for the Wadsworth Atheneum is provided in part by the Greater Hartford Art Council’s United Arts Campaign and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Office of the Arts, which also received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.