Alison Jardine: Objects From a Future Past Opens at Erin Cluley Gallery on Saturday September 9, 2017
Alison Jardine Opens Her First Solo Exhibition With Erin Cluley Gallery In Conjunction With The Release Of Her Recently Published Book Make Great Art On Your iPad
ERIN CLULEY GALLERY is pleased to announce an exhibition by Dallas-based artist ALISON JARDINE on Saturday September 9th, 2017, at 414 Fabrication Street, with a book signing from 5:00-6:00pm and a reception to follow from 6:00-8:00pm. The exhibition is Jardine’s first solo with the gallery.
“My aesthetic might seem, at first glance, to be a dissonant one: modern landscape painting with industrial, urban cement. Dichotomies and contradictions appeal to me, as I believe that there is an opportunity for real understanding at the perimeters and intersections of opposing ideas.”
Alison Jardine’s current series Urban Flora are cement casts of plastic bags found in suburban creeks. Pushing what is possible with cement, Jardine has developed a custom support method and has discovered ways to embed drawing materials such as charcoal and bright pigments within the cement itself. Her attraction to both minimalist and post-minimalist practices brings together a body of work where she has sought to eliminate that which is unnecessary – reducing and distilling the works to achieve a deeper truth or essence.
Environmental concerns and a love for nature drives Jardine’s work conceptually – an exploration of the contemporary experience of landscape. As the objects Jardine makes will not biodegrade, she envisions them being excavated by archaeologists far into the future, investigating the strata and questioning what these objects are and why they were made.
About Alison Jardine’s book Make Great Art On Your iPad
From Amazon.com: Innovative in scope, Make Great Art on Your iPad is structured around the classic genres of art, such as still life, landscape painting, portraits, and perspective. Often iPad art is associated only with the graphic and illustrative arts found in genres such as video games. This book is grounded firmly in the traditions of the fine art world.
About Alison Jardine
Alison Jardine is a British artist and author living and working in Dallas, TX, who works across a broad range of disciplines, including new media, sculpture and painting. She was selected as a featured artist in Dallas’s Aurora festival in both 2013 and 2015, where she presented her physically immersive digital video environments. Jardine was named a Finalist for the 2016 Hunting Art Prize for Painting & Drawing. The artist’s sculptural cement drawings were featured in New American Paintings, Issue 126, West edition. She is a Fellow of the Hambidge Center of Arts & Science, in Georgia, USA. In 2013 she founded the Dallas Arboretum Artist in Residence program.
Alison regularly writes and speaks about art, including at the Dallas Museum of Art as part of the State of the Arts panel discussions by KERA, discussing art and technology. Her recently published book, Make Great Art on the iPad, has been published in Europe and the US in summer, 2017 (Octopus Press, Hachette, London). Her work has been exhibited across the country including Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Connecticut and Georgia, and is represented in Dallas by Erin Cluley Gallery. She studied at the University of London (Bachelor of Arts), University of Texas at Dallas (ATEC), and the College of Visual Art & Design (CVAD) at University of North Texas (MFA, Painting and Drawing), and currently teaches drawing at the University of North Texas.
About Erin Cluley Gallery
Erin Cluley Gallery is a contemporary art gallery representing emerging, mid-career, and established artists from Dallas and the United States. The gallery presents a provocative program of artists working in both traditional and alternative forms including painting, sculpture, new media, photography, sculptural installation and public intervention.
The 2000 square foot space joined a creative movement in the Trinity Groves development at the foot of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in West Dallas. Erin Cluley Gallery has been in operation since 2014.