Allison Miller : Trunk Heater Tongue
TrépanierBaer is thrilled to present works by Los Angeles-based artist Allison Miller.
We first encountered Allison Miller’s work in 2010, in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Calgary, curated by Marianne Elder and David Pagel, art critic for the Los Angeles Times. Titled soft core/HARD EDGE, the title seemed to summarize Miller’s approach to painting: a combination of robust, hard-edge formalism with “soft simple shapes, unfussy smudges, and wayward doodles.” At once sturdy yet expressing vulnerability: her paintings dare and provoke both maker and viewer. From stencilled drips to colour fields applied with a Crayola-like oil stick, Miller’s gestures suggest a spontaneity that belies a highly considered and strategic approach. Diverse elements combine to form active and sometimes contradictory paintings: the distinctions between the visceral and the visual collapse, and attention zooms in on the interstices between large forms and fields.
We were reacquainted with Allison last year during a conversation about contemporary painting with Ryan Sluggett. Introductions and Zoom studio visits followed. TrépanierBaer is pleased to welcome Allison to Calgary, and to reintroduce her work to Canadian collectors and enthusiasts of painting. As she has stated:
Art in Isolation with Allison Miller, Interview in Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, March 30, 2020.
We look forward to seeing you at the gallery!
Miller’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College; the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; the Pizzuti Collection, Columbus; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, among others. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New Yorker, Frieze, The Brooklyn Rail, and Hyperallergic, to name a few.
Allison Miller was born in 1974, in Evanston, Illinois, and lives and works in Los Angeles. She obtained a BFA in Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island in 1996; and an MFA in Painting from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001.