Allison Baker -- Crashing
Pastel on hand-cut Color-aid paper
25 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches
In custom yellow frame with UV plexi
In Allison Baker's cut-paper collages, uncanny objects are displaced or abstracted in fantastical psychosexual geographies. Baker’s collages are reminiscent of the work of Ken Price, whose drawings of erupting volcanoes, desert vistas, and deracinated LA apartments were paired with phallic sculptures bearing not-so-subtle psychosexual undertones. Mix in Mika Rottenberg’s elevation of the globalized tchotchke to objet d’art and Pipilotti Rist’s kaleidoscopic wonderlands, and the visual and experiential coherence and playfulness of Baker’s practice emerges.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Allison Baker (b. 1988, Detroit) is the department chair of Digital + Studio Art at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. She earned an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Sculpture and BA in Gender Studies from Indiana University. Baker has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Random Access Gallery, Syracuse University, NY (2021), Project Project, Omaha, NE (2021), Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT (2021), Center for Visual Arts, Wausau, WI (2021), Shelter in Place Gallery, Boston, MA (2020), CICA Museum, Gyeonggido, South Korea (2019), NE Sculpture Gallery Factory, Minneapolis (2019), Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MI (2017) and Granoff Center, Brown University, Providence, RI (2014), among others. Recent group exhibitions include Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC (2022), Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis (2022), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (2020), Franconia Commons Gallery, Shafer, MN (2020) and Penn State University and State College, PA (2019). Allison has forthcoming solo exhibitions at MINT Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2023) and
the Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN (2024).