Lisa Dillin| I’m looking for you…
Allison Spence | More human than I am, alone
June 27 – August 1, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 27, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: Tuesday, July 7, 7 pm
Hamiltonian is pleased to present two new exhibitions by artists Lisa Dillin and Allison Spence. The exhibitions will run from June 27 – August 1 with an opening reception on Saturday, June 27 from 7-9 pm.
In I’m looking for you… Lisa Dillin explores the architectural legacy of the modern built environment and its disconnect with nature as it affects our ability to form relationships and communities. Utilizing visuals commonly associated with malls, lobbies, and hospitals, Dillin aims to expose homogenous design as a means to isolate individuals even as they continue to live in close proximity. By referencing the contemporary urban landscape with its corporate design tropes, I’m looking for you… reveals how lighting, fountains, polished stone, and foliage lull denizens with an artificially serene environment while stripping them of their innate diversity, heritage, connection to the land and to one another. Although these environments were once thought to create the “third space” of social interaction and community, in Dillin’s perspective, these spaces dominate and control the individual resulting in feelings of solitude and disengagement in our everyday experience of the world. Through the objects on view, Dillin tells a story of a collective longing for connection: the consequence of modern convenience.
In More Human than I am, alone, a line from David Cronenberg’s film, The Fly, Allison Spence translates her interest in corporeal confusion and the abject directly into the material. Spence’s paintings suggest violence, the macabre, and the bodily experience as viewed through the polished veneer of digital media, where bodies become data only; masses melting together or merging with the landscape, and incorporating pieces of others into themselves. In her newest body of work, Spence fuses her interests in language, horror comics, science fiction imagery and low-resolution nature specials into crushed canvases and paintings of unintelligible masses that are at once threatening and visually compelling.
Lisa Dillin received an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI in 2006. Notable recent exhibitions include Allogrooming Lounge II at SELECT New York, NY (2015); Windows and Floors at Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD (2014); Natural Lighting Emulator II at Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2014) and Stopgap at Gallery Four, Baltimore, MD (2013). Dillin was selected as a finalist for the 2012 Sondheim Prize, took second place in the 2014 Trawick Prize, was awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2014 and is a 2013 Hamiltonian Fellow. She works as an adjunct faculty member at the Corcoran College of Art + Design at GWU in Washington, DC and at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD where she lives and works.
Allison Spence received an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego in 2013. Recent exhibitions include Art-Broken, at Kavachnina Contemporary in Miami, FL (2014); new. (now). at Hamiltonian Gallery (2014); Amass at VFA Gallery, San Diego, CA (2013) and Double Portraits at the San Diego Museum of Art in San Diego, CA, for which she did an endurance performance titled To Andre Breton or Whoever Will Have Me. Spence was awarded the Vermont Studio Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT (2013) and is a current Hamiltonian Fellow.