Allison Gildersleeve, "Flying at Knee Level," 2009, oil and alkyd on canvas, 46 x 44." Images courtesy the artist and Michael Steinberg Fine Art.
Allison Gildersleeve, "Passage," 2008, oil and alkyd on canvas, 54 x 54"
"When the logical progression through time and space is hijacked by memory, there is a certain collapse of what was there, and out of this disintegration, a third distinct place emerges as a physical presence. My work pieces together this place, combining the familiar with the unfamiliar, the past and the present. What results is a hedge inside a room, a table leg in between branches, an armchair sitting inside a deserted pool. Space is restructured by the emotions it houses and what might have been a linear internal narrative becomes a topography of recollection, uncertainty, loss, and retelling."
I met Allison Gilderlseeve in Miami earlier this month at the Art Miami blogger panel (for a full report on the discussion and images, click here). While we waited out Saturday's afternoon squall at a covered outdoor cafe, we agreed emphatically that painting is NOT dead...especially for all the artists who continue to paint.