Allison Schulnik

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Allison Schulnik
Born1978 (age 42–43)
San Diego, CA
NationalityAmerican
Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts
Known forPainting, sculpture, film and video animations
Websiteallisonschulnik.me

Allison Schulnik (born 1978) is an American painter, sculptor and animated film maker. She is known for her heavily textured, impasto oil paintings and her animated short videos. Schulnik lives and works in Sky Valley, California.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Schulnik was born in San Diego in 1978.[3] In 2000, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts.[4][5]

Art practice[edit]

A multidisciplinary artist, Schulnik is known both for her paintings and her animated video and film works.

As a painter, her signature style is to use thick layers of oil paint to create heavily textured works that are almost sculptural in terms of their depth.[6][7] These paintings often begin by creating preliminary drawings, followed by the creation of the painting, where she relies on spontaneity and gesture to create texture with her hands.[8][9] Thematically, her paintings often depict phantom-like creatures and boneless animals that appear to be melting off of the canvas.[10][11]

Schulnik's animated works begin with the creation of small sculptures of figures and objects made from clay, paint and other materials.[4][11] She has also used traditional hand-drawn animation techniques in some works.[12][13]

Her freestanding sculptural works, usually made of ceramic, are often exhibited alongside her paintings and animated works.[14][15]

Schulnik's collaborations with musicians include the 2009 stop-motion/claymation video Forest for the song Ready, Able by Grizzly Bear.[16][17][18] In 2015, Deafheaven selected a painting by Schulnik to use for the cover art of their album New Bermuda.[19]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2020 Hatch, PPOW, New York[20]
  • 2017 Nest, Galeria Jaier Lopez & Fer Frances, Madrid, Spain[21]
  • 2017 Eager, Flint Institute of the Arts, Flint, Michigan[22]
  • 2016 Hoof II, ZieherSmith, New York[23][24]
  • 2016 Hoof, Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, California[7]
  • 2014 Allison Schulnik/Martix 168, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut[25]
  • 2014 Eager, ZieherSmith, New York[26]
  • 2013 EX.POSE: Allison Schulnik, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, California[6][15]
  • 2012 Salty Air, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2012 Mound, Oklahoma City Art Museum, OK
  • 2012 Mound, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, MO
  • 2011 Mound, ZieherSmith, New York, NY[14][27]
  • 2011 Performance, Division Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 2010 Home for Hobo Too, Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago[28]
  • 2010 Home for Hobo, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA[29]
  • 2009 Allison Schulnik, Unosunove, Rome, IT
  • 2009 - Go West, Mark Moore Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2008 No Luck Too, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2007 No Luck, Rokeby Gallery, London, UK
  • 2007 Fools, Rejects, and Sanctuaries, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Filmography and videography[edit]

  • 2019: Moth - Hand-painted gouache on paper, animated video, 3:15[12][13]
  • 2014: Eager - Stop-motion/claymation video, 8:30[30][31]
  • 2011: Mound - Stop-motion/claymation video, 4:33[27][32]
  • 2009: Forest - stop-motion/claymation video, 4:30, for the song Ready, Able by Grizzly Bear, from the album Veckatimest.[16][17][18]
  • 2008: Hobo Clown - stop-motion/claymation video, 5:00[6]
  • 2000: Pistachio - 16mm Stop-motion animated film, 7:00[17]
  • 1999: Vedma - 16mm Stop-motion animated film, 5:00[17]
  • 1997: The Slaying - 16mm Stop-motion/live action animated film, 1:00[17]

Awards[edit]

Collections[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Art Mamas: Allison Schulnik on Making Time for What You Need". Whitewall. 2020-03-26. Retrieved 2020-11-28. It was the artist's first presentation since giving birth to her daughter and moving out to the desert of Sky Valley, CA.
  2. ^ Bogojev, Sasha (February 18, 2020). "Hatch: Allison Schulnik's Debut @ P.P.O.W. NYC". Juxtapoz magazine. Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  3. ^ New American Paintings. Open Studios Press. 2008.
  4. ^ a b Johnson, Ken (15 December 2011). "Allison Schulnik: 'Mound' (Published 2011)". The New York Times.
  5. ^ a b Anderson, Susan Mary (2009). Collecting California: Selections from Laguna Art Museum. Laguna Art Museum. ISBN 978-0-940872-36-3.
  6. ^ a b c Chang, Richard (15 March 2013). "Laguna Art Museum offers smorgasbord". Orange County Register.
  7. ^ a b "Talking Mermaids and Bacchanalia with Painter Allison Schulnik". www.vice.com.
  8. ^ "October 2008, Allison Schulnik @ Mike Weiss Gallery". Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  9. ^ Maine, Stephen (24 February 2009). "Allison Schulnik". ARTnews.com.
  10. ^ "I Tend To Overdo It Sometimes". HuffPost. 2013-03-02. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  11. ^ a b "ZieherSmith". www.artforum.com. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  12. ^ a b "A Gorgeous Hand-Painted Animation Illustrating the Circle of Life With a Moth Floating About in the Wind". Laughing Squid. 5 June 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Juxtapoz Magazine - Moth: Allison Schulnik's Beautiful Hand-Painted, Gouache-on-Paper Film". www.juxtapoz.com.
  14. ^ a b Kangas, Matthew (1 December 2012). "Allison Schulnik". Sculpture.
  15. ^ a b "Laguna Art Museum's Allison Schulnik Show is Beautifully Unpretty". Laguna Beach, CA Patch. 18 April 2013.
  16. ^ a b Christie, Tom (18 November 2009). "Exclusive Interview with L.A. Artist Allison Schulnik About Her New Claymation Video for Grizzly Bear". LA Weekly.
  17. ^ a b c d e Garza, Evan J. (December 2008). "Spotlight: Allison Shulnik". New American Paintings, 85: 14–17.
  18. ^ a b Solomon, Tessa (2020-04-10). "8 Essential Artist-Directed Music Videos by Andy Warhol, Kara Walker, and More". ARTnews.com. Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  19. ^ Minsker, Evan. "Deafheaven Detail New Album New Bermuda". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  20. ^ "Allison Schulnik". The New Yorker.
  21. ^ "Juxtapoz Magazine - Installation: Allison Schulnik "Nest" @ Galería Javier López & Fer Francés, Madrid". www.juxtapoz.com.
  22. ^ "Mound | Flint Institute of Arts". flintarts.org.
  23. ^ Samet, Jennifer (1 October 2016). ""Vulnerability Could Be the New Stoic": Paintings by Allison Schulnik". Hyperallergic.
  24. ^ Murtha, Chris. "ZieherSmith". www.artforum.com.
  25. ^ Amidi, Amid (8 February 2014). "Allison Schulnik Exhibits Stop Motion Film at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum". Cartoon Brew.
  26. ^ Jovanovich, Alex. "ZieherSmith". www.artforum.com.
  27. ^ a b "Allison Schulnik". The New Yorker.
  28. ^ "Artist and Alumna Allison Schulnik Talks Hobo Clowns and Grizzly Bear". blog.calarts.edu.
  29. ^ Pagel, David (15 January 2010). "Art review: Allison Schulnik at Mark Moore". LA Times Blogs - Culture Monster.
  30. ^ Jaeger, William (8 November 2019). "The art of movement stars in exhibit at Schick". Times Union.
  31. ^ Wigler, Josh. "Director Allison Schulnik Crafts An 'Eager' Dance In New Short Film". MTV News.
  32. ^ a b "Mound · Allison Schulnik". www.jccc.edu.
  33. ^ "Ottawa International Animation Festival 2014". www.animationfestival.ca. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  34. ^ Macaulay, Scott. "THE SXSW 2010 WINNERS". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  35. ^ Bowers, Jeffery (March 18, 2014). "I'm Short, Not Stupid Presents: Unabashedly Weird SXSW Shorts". Vice magazine. Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  36. ^ "Mound | Albright-Knox". www.albrightknox.org.
  37. ^ "Allison Schulnik". Escalette Permanent Collection of Art at Chapman University.
  38. ^ "Allison Schulnik acquired by Crocker Art Museum". Mark Moore Fine Art Blog. 16 August 2016.
  39. ^ "Dempster". Farnsworth Art Museum Collection Online.
  40. ^ "Mound | LACMA Collections". collections.lacma.org.
  41. ^ "Allison Schulnik: Misfits (Porcelain)". mfah.org.
  42. ^ "Allison Schulnik Vidéogramme". mbam.qc.ca.
  43. ^ "Albino (Ape Woman #2)". collection.mcasd.org.
  44. ^ "Monkey Hobo". collections.sbma.net.
  45. ^ "Allison Schulnik – U.S. Department of State". art.state.gov.
  46. ^ "Wadsworth Atheneum Collection". 5058.sydneyplus.com.