Allyson Clay works

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Digitized works of SFU Contemporary Arts professor Allyson Clay. The works include artworks on paper, paintings, mock-ups and sketches for projects, chapbooks, special projects for journals, catalogues, essays in books, sketchbook pages and journal excerpts, and objects that resulted from the process of making art. The works are in this collection and in the following sub-collections.

Untitled I (My Sense of Place), Detail 1 of 2.

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1997
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Clay’s "Untitled" series is an installation comprising three photographs illuminated in light boxes, two small framed oval images of photography and text, and black vinyl text installed at intervals across the gallery walls and spaced between the photographs. While the installation includes photography it nevertheless refers to painting. The composition, color and subject of the illuminated photographs recall Jacques-Louis David’s portrait of Juliette Récamier. Unlike Madame Récamier, the woman in Clay’s photographs, who is the artist herself, denies the viewer her gaze: her back and head are turned, and then she gets up and exits the frame. The images in the oval frames are similarly elusive by being fragmentary. Correspondingly, the wall text does not explain the photos and instead signals dreaming, daily life, and poetic reverie. Photographic clarity and meaning in language, especially in the gallery context, yield to private, inner experience. 

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Image

Double Self Portrait-Installation View.

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2001
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Image

Double Self Portrait.

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2001
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Image

Untitled (Two Books).

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2002
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"Heft" is a series of large, color photographs of books flying through the air across a blue, cloudy sky. Viewers familiar with Clay’s works might think of the narrative from Loci that describes a woman throwing books out a window. The decision to hurl valuable literature out a window contains not only literal but emotional weight. The gesture can be seen as reckless, irreverent, but it is also a freeing from the histories and narratives contained in the books. The soaring volumes are images of potential, part of a creative process and an emancipatory gesture.

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Image

Untitled (Detached Dust Jacket).

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2002
Abstract: 

"Heft" is a series of large, color photographs of books flying through the air across a blue, cloudy sky. Viewers familiar with Clay’s works might think of the narrative from Loci that describes a woman throwing books out a window. The decision to hurl valuable literature out a window contains not only literal but emotional weight. The gesture can be seen as reckless, irreverent, but it is also a freeing from the histories and narratives contained in the books. The soaring volumes are images of potential, part of a creative process and an emancipatory gesture.

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Image

Untitled (Three Books).

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2002
Abstract: 

"Heft" is a series of large, color photographs of books flying through the air across a blue, cloudy sky. Viewers familiar with Clay’s works might think of the narrative from Loci that describes a woman throwing books out a window. The decision to hurl valuable literature out a window contains not only literal but emotional weight. The gesture can be seen as reckless, irreverent, but it is also a freeing from the histories and narratives contained in the books. The soaring volumes are images of potential, part of a creative process and an emancipatory gesture.

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Image

Untitled (Red Book).

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2002
Abstract: 

"Heft" is a series of large, color photographs of books flying through the air across a blue, cloudy sky. Viewers familiar with Clay’s works might think of the narrative from Loci that describes a woman throwing books out a window. The decision to hurl valuable literature out a window contains not only literal but emotional weight. The gesture can be seen as reckless, irreverent, but it is also a freeing from the histories and narratives contained in the books. The soaring volumes are images of potential, part of a creative process and an emancipatory gesture.

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Untitled (Subversive Intent).

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2002
Abstract: 

"Heft" is a series of large, color photographs of books flying through the air across a blue, cloudy sky. Viewers familiar with Clay’s works might think of the narrative from Loci that describes a woman throwing books out a window. The decision to hurl valuable literature out a window contains not only literal but emotional weight. The gesture can be seen as reckless, irreverent, but it is also a freeing from the histories and narratives contained in the books. The soaring volumes are images of potential, part of a creative process and an emancipatory gesture.

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Image

Untitled (Read My Desire).

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2002
Abstract: 

"Heft" is a series of large, color photographs of books flying through the air across a blue, cloudy sky. Viewers familiar with Clay’s works might think of the narrative from Loci that describes a woman throwing books out a window. The decision to hurl valuable literature out a window contains not only literal but emotional weight. The gesture can be seen as reckless, irreverent, but it is also a freeing from the histories and narratives contained in the books. The soaring volumes are images of potential, part of a creative process and an emancipatory gesture.

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Image

Study for "He Would Convince Her".

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1989
Abstract: 

Clay produced ten labyrinths as oil paintings on canvas and these correspond to the narratives in her artist's book "Stories".  Unlike the black and white labyrinths in the book, the oil paintings are luscious and colorful.  The structures of Clay’s stories are commensurate with the structures of the labyrinths. More specifically, the content of the stories has the same feeling as looking at the labyrinths; both the stories and the labyrinths are open-ended, elusive, uneasy, disorienting, anxious and also exciting.  Above all there is an analogy between making art, whether it is visual art or writing, and navigating a labyrinth: both are process-based and, as a result, circumvent the master narrative of achieving a goal.

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