Alison Rash’s most recent body of paintings displays a new visual and conceptual depth, with the hand of the artist passionately present. Alison seeks to pare down elements to their most essential forms. She moves fluidly between intention and surrender to get at a quiet understanding of line, form and color. Using facets of her own life, an anecdote or idiosyncratic thought-process - she creates an initial system, sometimes witty and playful, sometime reflective and contemplative. Coincidence and contingency come into play and perceptual shifts occur where order and intuition converge. Casual marks gain significance and interact with one another in the compositions, becoming anything but accidental. The paintings mimic the contingent nature of life. They are more anecdotal than heroic, more off-kilter than grand. At times the small, seemingly unimportant events become the most meaningful moments and the major episodes become mere bumps in the road.
Alison is a Lincoln, Nebraska based painter, who recently moved from Los Angeles. She earned an MFA from Claremont Graduate University with a concentration in Painting in 2010. While at CGU, she was awarded the Claremont Graduate University Fellowship and the Walker/Parker Memorial Fellowship. She was also a Dedalus Foundation Fellowship Nominee and the Claremont Graduate University Art Fellow. Alison earned an MA in Education from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology in 2005 and a BA in Art from Pepperdine University in 2001. Her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego as well as internationally in Venice, Italy and Tokyo, Japan. Alison has exhibited at Pulse Miami, Pulse New York, the Dallas Art Fair, and the Silicon Valley Art Fair. Alison has shown at the Torrance Museum of Art. This is Alison’s second show with Adah Rose Gallery