Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Allison Schulnik's Performance (for James Ensor)

Allison Schulnik
Performance (for James Ensor)
, 2006

Oil on canvas, 96 x 136 inches

Museum purchase with funds from the Mark and Hilarie Moore Family Trust

This week's selection from Laguna Art Museum's permanent collection exhibition, Collecting California: Selections from Laguna Art Museum, is a contemporary piece by Allison Schulnik.

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Schulnik says, "I paint rejects, misfits and their landscapes. My fixation on these characters is not intended to exploit deficiencies, but to find valor in adversity. There is something honest and true about imperfection. Something real about the shunned outcast ... someone who chooses to stay outside the realm of normal society, or is forced there against his will."

In regards to her piece Performance (for James Ensor) Schulnik adds, "They are seemingly alternate/bizarro world creatures existing between the animal-like and otherworldly. Presented in the midst of an extravagant and sadistic dance, almost like a choreography composed by Pina Bausch, Jan Svankmajer, and George A. Romero (if they ever would've had the chance of working together), it is unclear if the dance is a theatrical composition or a violent reality ... one thing seems detectable: the rapture they feel in their performance."

>> Visit Schulnik's piece in the California Gallery to read more about Performance (for James Ensor) and to discover the story behind the name of the piece.

>> Click here to view one of Allison Schulnik's recent clamation videos.

>> Click here to read more about the exhibition and to view images from the opening night reception.

>> Make an Annual Fund gift today to support this and other works in the Museum's permanent collection!

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