Allison Hunter, MFA 1997, solo exhibition at 511 Gallery, NYC

Allison Hunter, MFA 1997, solo exhibition at 511 Gallery, NYC

Date posted: 2006-10-06 14:15:00

HOUSTON, TX.—Allison Hunter presents a mesmerizing new series of large-scale color photographs of zoo animals in minimalist spaces for her solo exhibition at 511 Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, N.Y., N.Y., October 19–November 25, 2006. The opening reception with the artist will be held at 511 Gallery on Thursday, October 19th from 6–8 pm. An artist talk will be held Friday, October 20th from 6–7 pm at the gallery. The talk will include brief comments by the artist followed by a Q&A period. 511 Gallery (www.511gallery.com) is open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm or by appointment (call 212-255-2885).

Hunter's Simply Stunning series from 2005-06 depict docile zoo animals wearing dreamy expressions in surreal landscapes. Each image features a minimalist background dominated by large washes of subtle hues from pale pink to inky black. The backgrounds reveal earthy textures such as dirt, grass, or rocks grounding the subject in a believable yet unreal space. This bare, simplified backdrop sets the stage for one or two animals (giraffe, goat, deer, seal) who gently skirt the camera's eye as they look for food, affection, or attention without a barrier or human in sight (except the haunting, hidden presence of the photographer). The sweetness turns bittersweet as the artist's composition focuses on the animals' furtive glance that in the split-second of a shutter release, captures their trust before the inevitable betrayal of human domination.

Hunter's Simply Stunning demonstrate a combination of digital and film photography that she introduced in her work six years ago. Hunter uses a 35mm manual film camera and an Epson scanner for this body of work printed on 30 x 50 inch non-gloss photo paper. More works from this 10-piece series can be found at www.allisonhunter.com/Art/current.html. Contact Allison for high-resolution digital files. Read a new essay on Hunter's Simply Stunning series by Serbian philosopher, Branka Arsic (professor at SUNY, Albany) online at www.allisonhunter.com/Art/Arsic_essay.html.

A selection of Simply Stunning was featured at FotoFest 2006 in a solo exhibition at Kinzelman Art Consulting in Houston. In addition, selected prints from this series were included in two 2006 group exhibitions: Positive/Negative, Center for Fine Art Photography, Denver; and The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, juried by Dominic Molon, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago. Also, Hunter was invited last May by Anne Tucker, the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to present her work to the members of Photo Forum, a group that purchases contemporary photographs for the museum's permanent collection. In addition, a small-format edition of Hunter's Untitled #7, 2006 sold at the popular summer benefit auction, "Luck of the Draw," for DiverseWorks, a non-profit contemporary art space in Houston.

Hunter has worked seriously with photography for over 15 years. She majored in photography at the Swiss art school, Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne where she graduated with a Diplôme (M.F.A. equivalent) in 1990. In 1995, Hunter studied video, computer graphics, and digital sound design at the Integrated Electronic Art M.F.A. program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. After graduating from Renssalear (1997), Hunter participated in international residencies in Canada, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Russia, and Latvia. Her photographic and installation work is collected by major museums in the U.S. and Europe. Hunter writes for art, literary, and design publications including Sculpture, ebr, and HOW. Hunter was executive director of the Houston Center for Photography (HCP) from March, 2005 to October, 2006 and is editor of SPOT magazine published by HCP. Hunter lives and works in Houston.

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