Allison Schulnik, ‘Centaurette 8’, 2017, Mark Moore Fine Art
Allison Schulnik, ‘Centaurette 8’, 2017, Mark Moore Fine Art
Allison Schulnik, ‘Centaurette 8’, 2017, Mark Moore Fine Art
Allison Schulnik, ‘Centaurette 8’, 2017, Mark Moore Fine Art

Dimensions: 19" H x 20" x 5" bronze; attached to base 10" H x 13" x 8"

THE HOOF SERIES

Expanding on her language that traditionally highlights misfits, outcasts, and the misunderstood – Schulnik introduces a wild new cast of mythological creatures replete with centaurettes, unicorns, and otherworldly outsiders in various stages of liberation. Continuing her exploration of selfhood through diverse and rich allegories, her new subjects radiate gracefulness that is both vulnerable and stoic—a type of synthesis that is a hallmark in Schulnik’s work.

Not contented by cut and dry narratives that portray notions of empowerment, her characters are complex. Delving into the intricate web of sexuality, Schulnik takes a Henry Darger approach to Disney’s "Fantasia"- with centaurettes reimagining strength and femininity, as well as humanity. In order to create an honest portrait of contemporary liberation, she provides her mythic beings with fear, angst, sadness, and even weakness. Glorious unicorns of questionable gender are imbued with an aura of disheveled majesty -- and a new type of hero emerges. Each protagonist is granted their individual physicality, strength, baggage, and personhood – as they also reflect the bewildering concepts of ego and identity. As fictional as these creatures may be, their personification of the untamed make us long for the best, unapologetic versions of our true selves.

Series: From a Series of 8 Related Cast Bronze Works (All Unique in terms of base and patina)

Signature: Artist Initials inscribed into bottom of back right hoof of the bronze sculpture. Artist signature, date, and title signed in the bottom of the marble base.

Reviews for "Hoof" and "Hoof II": ArtForum; Hyperallergic; Two Coats Of Paint; ArtInfo; Artspace; Artsy (available for download at markmoorefineart.com)

Collection of the Artist

About Allison Schulnik

The recurring figures in the work of Allison Schulnik commonly include a cast of “hobo clowns, misshapen animals or alien beasts,” as she describes. The multi-disciplinary artist, who has a background in animation, music, and dance, explains: “My fixation on these characters is not intended to exploit deficiencies, but to find valor in adversity.” These individuals have various manifestations, including animated films and painted works, and once as 100 hand-sculpted and sewn puppets. Her subjects occupy dark and morose settings of fecund landscapes or ambiguously ominous backgrounds. Her renderings are sometimes explicit and graphic, though more often critics describe her work as comic and sad all at once.

American, b. 1978, San Diego, California, based in Los Angeles, California

Group Shows

2018
New York,
2018
2018
Los Angeles,
Resale Works Available
2017
2017
SADE, 
Los Angeles,
2015
Chandran Gallery, 
San Francisco,