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Allison Gildersleeve: Closer Than They Appear

Allison Gildersleeve, born in Connecticut in 1970, earned her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and her M.F.A. from Bard College. Gildersleeve lives and works in Brooklyn, New York; in 2008 she was awarded the New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship in Painting. Gildersleeve has had solo exhibitions in New York City as well as Denver, Colorado, and Stockholm, Sweden.

Valley House Gallery is pleased to present Gildersleeve’s first exhibition in Texas, “Allison Gildersleeve: Closer Than They Appear.” The exhibition addressed the theme of memory, exploring the phenomenon of past and present becoming collapsed or entwined by emotional experience. Intimate interiors of Gildersleeve’s childhood home in New England are shown in juxtaposition with intensely colorful large-scale paintings that waver between landscape and abstraction.

Gildersleeve states: “In these works, I apply paint to describe a form but also allow the paint strokes to become forms in themselves: maybe it’s an animal head, a person’s shadow, a finger or a foot. Figuration and abstraction coexist in a state of divided attention, just as the mind can focus on the task at hand while replaying a past experience. When the replay takes over the present, the two become entwined. The background becomes part of the foreground, eliminating the middle ground, just as distant events can infiltrate the present to the point of distortion.”

“Allison Gildersleeve: Closer Than They Appear” will be on view through May 23, 2015.


April 25, 2015 to May 23, 2015
10:00am to 5:00pm


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