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.

She Set the Wrapped Iron.

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No, item is not peer reviewed.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

Loci, Installation View.

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1990
Abstract: 

In addition to her artist’s book “Loci” Clay made gouache, watercolor and pencil drawings for exhibition with the performance instructions.The subjects of "Loci" are ones that Clay engages throughout her practice and include conceptual art, writing, feminism, and identity.

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Loci, Installation View.

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1990
Abstract: 

In addition to her artist’s book “Loci” Clay made gouache, watercolor and pencil drawings for exhibition with the performance instructions.The subjects of "Loci" are ones that Clay engages throughout her practice and include conceptual art, writing, feminism, and identity.

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Image

Study for Loci.

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1990
Abstract: 

In addition to her artist’s book “Loci” Clay made gouache, watercolor and pencil drawings for exhibition with the performance instructions.The subjects of "Loci" are ones that Clay engages throughout her practice and include conceptual art, writing, feminism, and identity.

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Image
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Loci.

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1990
Abstract: 

In addition to her artist’s book “Loci” Clay made gouache, watercolor and pencil drawings for exhibition with the performance instructions.The subjects of "Loci" are ones that Clay engages throughout her practice and include conceptual art, writing, feminism, and identity.

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Loci #3.

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1990
Abstract: 

In addition to her artist’s book “Loci” Clay made gouache, watercolor and pencil drawings for exhibition with the performance instructions.The subjects of "Loci" are ones that Clay engages throughout her practice and include conceptual art, writing, feminism, and identity.

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Image
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Loci #2.

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1990
Abstract: 

In addition to her artist’s book “Loci” Clay made gouache, watercolor and pencil drawings for exhibition with the performance instructions.The subjects of "Loci" are ones that Clay engages throughout her practice and include conceptual art, writing, feminism, and identity.

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Image
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Loci #1.

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1990
Abstract: 

In addition to her artist’s book “Loci” Clay made gouache, watercolor and pencil drawings for exhibition with the performance instructions.The subjects of "Loci" are ones that Clay engages throughout her practice and include conceptual art, writing, feminism, and identity.

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Image
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Study for Vista.

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1990
Abstract: 

Allyson Clay’s "Traces of a City in the Spaces Between Some People" is a series of twenty diptychs contrasting fabricated faux finishing with expressionist painting and text. The fabricated paint applications evoke city surfaces like concrete and granite; they also evoke modernist painting.  Unlike modernist painting, however, the faux surfaces are decorative and mechanically painted. The choice to have the surfaces fabricated serves to disrupt the egoism of modern abstraction and the importance of the aura in art. By contrast, next to the fabricated surfaces are hand-painted, expressionist images of moody skies. Silkscreen texts are superimposed on the skies and reveal personal narratives and conversations. Although these works were made before the influx of social networking and blogging, Clay’s texts are like fragments of conversations culled from the world. The content of the personal narratives and conversations includes an array of subjective, often emotional, experiences about daily life. For example, in “Tactics” a woman panics about encountering a man on a city street and the ensuing feeling of vulnerability; conversely, the narrator in “Vista” is a voyeur and takes pleasure in that transgression. Realms of private thoughts and embodied experiences are made public on Clay’s canvases and serve to complicate the conventions and precincts of modern painting.

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Work.

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1990
Abstract: 

Allyson Clay’s "Traces of a City in the Spaces Between Some People" is a series of twenty diptychs contrasting fabricated faux finishing with expressionist painting and text. The fabricated paint applications evoke city surfaces like concrete and granite; they also evoke modernist painting.  Unlike modernist painting, however, the faux surfaces are decorative and mechanically painted. The choice to have the surfaces fabricated serves to disrupt the egoism of modern abstraction and the importance of the aura in art. By contrast, next to the fabricated surfaces are hand-painted, expressionist images of moody skies. Silkscreen texts are superimposed on the skies and reveal personal narratives and conversations. Although these works were made before the influx of social networking and blogging, Clay’s texts are like fragments of conversations culled from the world. The content of the personal narratives and conversations includes an array of subjective, often emotional, experiences about daily life. For example, in “Tactics” a woman panics about encountering a man on a city street and the ensuing feeling of vulnerability; conversely, the narrator in “Vista” is a voyeur and takes pleasure in that transgression. Realms of private thoughts and embodied experiences are made public on Clay’s canvases and serve to complicate the conventions and precincts of modern painting.

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