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Allison Miller

Encountering a painting by Allison Miller (b. 1974 Evanston, Illinois) is like having a conversation with someone for the first time. One experiences a series of seductions, dead ends, surprises, bouts of laughter, and witty retorts. She applies oil and acrylic to canvas—and occasionally adds a surprising material like dirt—without preparatory drawings or plans. Working on multiple paintings simultaneously, she develops each incrementally, responding to each new layer of paint or applied pattern and its effect on the overall space of the canvas. She consciously counteracts obvious hierarchical or harmonious resolution in her compositions by favoring garish color, riddling pattern, and bold and effacing forms. This improvisational play of trumping and contradictory gestures is an intentional effort to reach unanticipated endings and test the possibilities of her medium. The results are visually seductive paintings that seem to continually unfold and collapse, remaining unresolved yet offering numerous possibilities within a space between abstraction and representation.