A new painting just posted by Allison Sommers... For a childhood themed show at G1988 coming up.
Allison is one of those up and coming artists that has a lot of talent...that I don't know will make it big. I would like to think she will. But, because I love her work so much I don't care. She's a real sweetheart as well.
Posted up an interview we did with Allison for those interested.
Arrested Motion: Tell us a little about your art.
Allison Sommers: (man, a stumper right at the outset–!)
I think in my work I’m always trying to get at another little piece of a vaguely unified world of creatures. I’m not entirely sure that anyone’s told me the master plan yet, least of all those little bastards I paint.
What’s important to me is that I try to keep both the narrative and the meaning of my work at least slightly ambiguous; I dislike the notion that there is one certain way to unpack the meaning of a painting, or that there is a preachy intended message therein contained. Thus I like my characters to be ambiguous, some more sympathetic than others perhaps, so that the narrative of and interaction within each painting isn’t immediately clear– and can differ between viewers.
AM: You seem to have some reoccurring long-necked characters in your paintings. Do they have names? Can you tell us a little more about their lives and personalities?
AS: I am STILL trying to get them to tell me their names. They’re not very cooperative, not with me, anyway.
At any rate, they’re very morally ambiguous. They may be a little cute in their little plus-fours and knee socks but they’re also violent, wasteful, mean little fornicating creeps, too. In some ways I think what attracts them to me so much is that they are so ambiguous, and thus aren’t stand-ins for any one concept of being (they’re not particularly beautiful, or socially meaningful, or laudable in any sense really)– they’re very versatile meaning-wise, without having any real point of reference because they’re my own creations. I think it’s for that reason that I’ve been so attracted to working with them rather than human characters lately.
Post by seanchristopher on Nov 18, 2008 10:52:22 GMT -8
WOW! Great artist, wonderful work, and a force to be reckoned with! I can't wait to see how she matures once the public takes notice of her incredible imagination. She hasn't hit her stride yet. The work has that "still searching" feel. She reminds me of CRG before hitting it big, and reaching her full potential at M.K.G.
I'm already looking into my own original before she blows! Seriously! -SC