Degree: MA Fine Art Media 2009
University: Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (UCL)
Graduation Year: 2009
On show here Maletz offers photographs in rare limited editions from two coherent bodies of work, the result of many years' work, that dynamically highlight both photography's immediacy and its intimate connection with imagined sites of desire. Allison Maletz`s most recent work involves the idea of the domestic, platonic - yet secretly dysfunctional western family. The artist’s work has been featured in press worldwide, including The Guardian, New York Magazine and Flaunt Magazine.
I have been questioning when something that is so pleasant, becomes disturbing? I make images that are beautiful, happy, nostalgic, and push them to their possible breaking point, when their pleasantries overtake them, and they reach a level that is no longer enjoyable, but somewhat uncomfortable. I intend this work to be lovely, allowing for the possibility that something grotesque is trying to surface.
I have always thought of myself as a documentarian. I observe life around me and make images that reflect qualities of other people and things that I relate to. I see them as a mirror before me, reflecting what I am: relatively normal yet strangely misplaced. My existence as a foreigner, my feelings of displacement, and the relationship between revealing and disguising are driving forces within my art.
In 2001 I began Here., a large body of photographs that I have worked on continuously for years. Here. is about normality, exposure and feeling like a foreigner in one’s own skin. I began to document people, objects, situations and landscapes, observing my feelings of displacement within them. The title was chosen to illustrate the following points:
here adv. 1. Used to refer to this place this time. 2. Indicates that somebody is offering something to somebody. 3. Used to refer to people in general and their life on Earth.
In 2006 the project became overwhelmingly landscape driven and I realized it was evolving into a new body of work, with similar themes. These pictures are devoid of people, however, they describe a multi-scenario relationship between what is natural and what is man-made. We praise nature, and yet manipulate it to fit our own needs. We create life, and in the next instant, destroy it. Once again my thoughts of underlying displacement emerge. What is, may not exactly belong.
The Arcadian series was inspired by England’s Stourhead, a garden in Arcadian design begun by Henry Hoare in 1741. My work is the antithesis of Stourhead’s highly landscaped perfection; I therefore decided to ironically call my documented landscapes: Arcadia. ar·ca·di·a n. A place in which people are imagined or believed to enjoy a perfect life of rustic simplicity(2).”
2013, Florence Griswold Museum Animal/Vegetable/Mineral: An Artists' Guide to the World. Old Lyme, Connecticut.
2013, Nurtureart On Hold, Brooklyn, New York.
2013, Calico, Born Again, Brooklyn, New York.
2013, Family Portraits, Denny Gallery, New York.
2013, Christopher Henry Gallery, New York.
2013, Christopher Henry Gallery Solo Show New York.
2012, Cave Gallery, Hands Are On The Machinery, Detroit, Michigan.
2012, Soil Gallery, Parliament Of Things, Seattle, Washington.
2012, Calico Exhibit A, Brooklyn, New York.
2012, Cave Gallery Hands Are On The Machinery Detroit, MI
2012, Soil Gallery Parliament of Things Seattle, WA
2011, Castle Gallery, (un)COMFORT(able) Zone, New Rochelle, New York.
2011, Ugly Art Room, Opening Rejection, Brooklyn and Governor's Island, New York.
2011, Castle Gallery (un)COMFORT(able) Zone New Rochelle, NY
2011, Gowanus Ballroom Paint Works Brooklyn, NY
2011, Ugly Art Room Opening Rejection Brooklyn and Governor’s Island, NY
2010, Divining The Message/Mediating the Divine, Columbia University, New York.
2010, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art: Qui Vive? Moscow.
2010, The Centre For Arts, Tapes, Broadcasting for Reels: Success Through Failure, Halifax, Nova Scotia, California.
2010, Moscow Museum of Modern Art Moscow International Biennale for Young Art: Qui Vive? Moscow, RU
2010, Columbia University, Divining the Message / Mediating the Divine, New York.
2009, Associazione Art, ur, Manifestazoone Zoo Art, Cuneo.
2009, Associazione Art. Zoo Art Cuneo, IT
2009, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2008 London, UK.
2008, Bankside Gallery, Royal Watercolour Society: 21st Century Watercolour, London, UK.
2008, Liverpool Biennale, New Contemporaries, Liverpool, UK.
2008, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2008 Liverpool, UK.
2006, Exit Art Risd, Biennial NYC, New York.
2006, Christopher Henry Gallery Scope, Miami, Florida.
2006, Christopher Henry Gallery Scope Miami, FL
2006, Exit Art RISD Biennial NYC 2006 New York, NY.
2005, Milk Gallery, Show and Sell. New York.
2005, Milk Gallery Show & Sell New York, NY.
2004, In A Conversation, Capsule Gallery, New York.
2004, Angel Oransenz Foundation Forbidden Vision, New York.
2003, New York International Film & Video Festival
2003, Untitled, New York, NY & West Hollywood, California.
2003, New York International Film and Video Festival, New York, California.
RISD XYZ Magazine Allison Maletz’s ‘Springtime’ Featured in Moscow Biennale.
Breakthru Radio Art Uncovered: Allison Maletz.
Artist Daily Magazine: Allison Maletz on Watercolor Painting and Teaching
Selectiism: Patron/Artist Q&A
Greenpointers: Allison Maletz
Moscow International Biennale for Young Art.
Associazione Art. ur.
ManifestaZOOne: Zoo Art ’09.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries ‘08.
and RISD Biennial NYC ’06.
New York Magazine.
The Guardian Newspaper.
Time Out, New York.
D - La Republica Della Donna, Utne.
2011, Accepted into White Columns curated Artist Registry
2009, Selected for “e-Creative London 2009” - featuring the best emerging artists in London