Allison Schulnik

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MATRIX 168: Allison Schulnik / installation view
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (CT)

Artist Biography

Allison Schulnik choreographs her subjects in compositions that embody a spirit of the macabre, a Shakespearian comedy/tragedy of love, death and farce. The subjects often stare back at the audience and study them as they are in turn studied, aware of their ancestors from the Grand Theme works of the past, the genre paintings that inform them. Although a haunting sense of foreboding, discomfort and unease is palpable, a sense of understanding, compassion and hopefulness for her cast of characters is still evident in the heavy impasto paintings. Her sculptural use of oil paint references her clay-animation background, as a motion-like sensibility affords her paintings unparalleled depth and energy.

Born in 1978 (San Diego, CA), Schulnik earned her BFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (CA). She has had solo exhibitions at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (CT), Laguna Art Museum (CA), Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OK), Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (KS), ZieherSmith Gallery (NY), Rokeby Gallery (London), Unosunove Arte Contemporanea (Rome), and Division Gallery (Montreal). In addition to her inclusion in prestigious film festivals around the world, her films have garnered multiple awards, including Best Experimental Animation at Ottawa International Animation Festival in 2014. Her work has also been shown at the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture (Scotland), Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), Hammer Museum (CA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA), San Diego Museum of Art (CA), Contemporary Arts Museum (LA), German Institute for Animated Film (Germany), Canada (NY), Lehman Maupin (NY), The Hole (NY), Acme (CA), and Hangar-7 (Salzburg), among many others. Allison Schulnik's work is in the public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (KS), Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), Santa Barbara Art Museum (CA), Museé de Beaux Arts (Montreal), Farnsworth Art Museum (ME), Laguna Art Museum (CA), Montreal Contemporary Art Museum (Canada), Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (CT), and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Canada). The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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Allison Schulnik

Allison Schulnik

January 9 - February 20, 2016

Art Culver City Los Angeles

Art Culver City Los Angeles

Nov 5 - Dec 19, 2015

In Bloom

In Bloom

May 7 - Jun 13, 2015

Allison Schulnik

Allison Schulnik

May 26 - Jul 7, 2012

Selected Press

Elle Decor - Designs We Love

Artsy - L.A. Artist Allison Schulnik Talks Cats, Claymation, and Her Creative Process

i-D - 12 artists sound off on their first exhibitions ever

Broadly - Talking Mermaids and Bacchanalia with Painter Allison Schulnik

Vein Magazine - Strange Plants

New York Times - Unpacking and Decoding the World of Animation

Nashville Scene - Summer Reading

Oyster - Look Inside New Art Book 'Strange Plants II' Feat. Ren Hang and Misha Hollenbach

Zioxla - Press Release for 'Strange Plants II'

VICE - The Best Online Short Films of 2014

Cartoon Brew - Ottawa Winners

Getty - James Ensor

MTV News - Director Allison Schulnik Crafts An ‘Eager’ Dance In New Short Film

Cal Arts - Shortlist Film Festival Finalists Include Allison Schulnik's 'Eager'

Nashville Scene - Seed Space Welcomes Andrea Zieher to Nashville for a Month of Artists' Events

ARTnews - 10 Cool Ceramic Trends in Contemporary Art

Artsy Editorial - Five Video Artists To Watch at Mark Moore Gallery

Real Hartford - Allison Schulnik's MATRIX 168

ArtSlant - Glitter and Doom: Allison Schulnik +Bradley Rubenstein

Hartford Courant - Claymation Takes The Spotlight

Frontier - Eager By Allison Schulnik

Cartoon Brew - Allison Schulnik Exhibits Stop Motion Film at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum

Hyperallergic - Uncovering the Feminine Grotesque

CultureCatch - Raindogs

ArteFuse - Eager for Allison Schulnik at ZieherSmith

Complex - Claymation Artist Allison Schulnik Opens New Solo Show in New York

BlackBook - Allison Schulnik is Eager to Please. (And Delight. And Maybe Frighten)

AfterImage Review - The Protagonist

NewTimes Miami - III Points Festival: Ten Artists to Watch

Oxford American - Baked Possum

Eyes In - Allison Schulnik in MATRIX 168 Is Gutsy, Surreal

Eclectix -

Exhibition Catalog - The Protagonist: Narrative & Animation

Art Ltd - Allison Schulnik

Paper - Generation Music Video

OC Weekly - Allison Schulnik's Laguna Babylon

Art Scene - Allison Schulnik Laguna Art Museum Review

The MetroWest Daily News - Painting beyond the stretcher at the deCordova

KCRW - South of LA: Crazy, Messy, and Endlessly Delightful

Time Out New York - Who needs MTV? Music videos come to the museum

OC Register - Eye on O.C: Reception opens eyes

Huffington Post - Allison Schulnik Interview

The Face Painters - Allison Schulnik at Laguna Art Museum (Orange County)

Sculpture Magazine - deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum - Lincoln, MA

The Buddha Diaries - Laguna Art Museum

Fabrik - Allison Schulnik at Lagina Art Museum

The Phoenix - Painting beyond the stretcher at the deCordova

Boston Globe - 'Paint Things' is off the wall

Blouin ArtInfo - Review: "Dark Matter" at Arsenal Rolls in the Dirt While Looking to the Stars

Eager Too Publication - First Edition published by Nieves

RSA Annual Exhibition Catalogue - Between The Late And Early

CBS - OC's Best Museum Exhibits In 2013

Sculpture Magazine - Exhibition Review

Curbs and Stoops - Allison Schulnik Interview

The Kansas City Star - Oppenheimer Collection celebrates an anniversary: Twenty Years Strong

New American Paintings Blog - I Heart KC Art

Artforum - Review: Allison Schulnik at Mark Moore Gallery

VIP ART - Character Study: Daniel Gordon & Allison Schulnik

Art:21 - Inside the Artist's Studio | Shannon Fitzgerald

Blouin ArtInfo - Slideshow: The Best Dressed Of The Art World

Nashville Scene - The Best of ZieherSmith + Pics from the Opening

Country Life - Harmony Korine, Allison Schulnik, Caroline Allison and More: ZieherSmith Pop-Up Gallery, Part 2!

Los Angeles Times - Drawn in, only to be repulsed

New Baroque - Allison Schulnik @ Mark Moore Gallery

WHITEHOT Magazine - Keeping It Dirty; A Conversation With Allison Schulnik

New York Times Blog - Friends Indeed | New Shows

LA Art Diary - Allison Schulnik

Planet Magazine - Allison Schulnik Salty Air


CalArts Magazine - Allison Schulnik

Blood Is The New Black - ALLISON SCHULNIK

W Magazine - Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man... Woman... or Fashion Collective

Sokratis Eres - Allison Schulnik: Salty Air

Huffington Post - Brings Mermaids And Scallywags To Mark Moore Gallery

MMG In-House "Statements" Catalog - #14

LA Canvas - Allison Schulnik at Mark Moore Gallery

Blouin Art Info - The LA Agenda: 6 Art Picks, Featuring Allison Schulnik

Art Info - The Tastemaker: Cat-Obsessed Artist Allison Schulnik on Her Favorite Feline Platforms and Red Lipstick

Pull The Metal - Allison Schulnik: Nice and Grim

Statements - MMG In-House Publication

Nashville Scene - Affecting, unsettling works from the Frist Center's Fairy Tales, Monsters and the Genetic Imagination

Juxtapoz - Allison Schulnik's 'Mound'

Lookbooks - Art: Allison Schulnik & Eric Yahnker

Huffington Post Arts - The Cultural Landscape Architects: Scott Zieher of ZieherSmith

Artillery - Reviews: Allison Schulnik, ZieherSmith Inc.

Modern Painters - The Claws Come Out

ARTLOG - 10 Museum-Worth Videos, From Bright Eyes to R.E.M.

New York Times - Allison Schulnik: 'Mound'

The Examiner - The Sagamore, The Art Hotel Presents LA Artist Allison Schulnik

The Creators Project - Allison Schulnik Pushes Claymation To Its Psychedelic Limit

New American Paintings - Piled-Up: Q&A With Allison Schulnik

ARTINFO - Why is hip young painter Allison Schulnik so obsessed with cats? A Q&A

The New Yorker - Goings On About Town: Allison Schulnik

L Magazine - Allison Schulnik Sculpts Sad Clowns Out of Paint

Huffington Post - MOUND: Moving Stop-Motion from Allison Schulnik

Art In America - The Lookout: A Weekly Guide to Shows You Won't Want to Miss

Time Out New York - Review: Allison Schulnik, "Mound"

Culture Catch - Allison Schulnik: Mound

Huffington Post Arts - Something Sticky This Way Comes: Allison Schulnik's Haunting Exhibition

Huffington Post Arts - 10 Must See Painting Shows in the U.S.: November

New American Paintings - Must-See Paintings Shows: November

Cartoon Brew - "Mound" by Allison Schulnik

Complex - Interview: Kathy Grayson on The Hole NYC

PAPERMAG - Allison Schulnik's "Mound" at ZieherSmith Gallery: A Sneak Peak

Fecal Face - Allison Schulnik in NYC Sat., Oct 22

Modern Painters - The 100 Best Fall Shows

Border Crossings - Visual Art: Allison Sculnik

LA Canvas - Mark Moore Gallery: The Kids Are Alright

NYT Blog - Notes From The Underground | Kalup Linzy


St. Louis Beacon - Review: 'Cryptic' clearly connects Goya and modern works

Le Devoir - Expositions - Un apéritif avant tout

Cyberpresse - L'Arsenal voit le jour dans Griffintown

L Magazine - Photos From Beat Nite, Bushwick Galleries' Big Night Out

Flavorpill - The Archaic Revival

Daily DuJour - Openings: The Archaic Revival @ Las Cienegas Projects

New American Paintings - 11 To Watch in 2011: Editor's Pick

Culture Monster - Art Review: Grey Day @ Roberts and Tilton

City - Fantasy Land

Scene - The Importance of Backstory

Planet - Canada Fearless Abandon

Artillery - Critics Picks

New York Magazing - Homunculi: Curated by Trinie Dalton

Artlog - Touched : Lehmann Maupin

Front Row - Marty Walker Artist Does Times Square

The Village Voice - James Hyde, Richard Hughes, and the Artists of 'Homunculi' Are the Buoys of Summer

At 44 1/2 - Emerging Artist 2010

Art Review - "Homunculi" curated by Trinie Dalton at CANADA

Graphite - Allison Schulnik

Honolulu Weekly - I Sing the Body Realistic

24700 - Artist and Alumna Allison Schulnik Talks Hobo Clowns and Grizzly Bear

Star Bulletin - Unique Perspectives

Beautiful/Decay - The Underdogs: Book Three

BLAST - Allison Schulnik

Art Ltd. - Allison Schulnik: "Home For Hobo" at Mark Moore Gallery

LA Weekly - Art Around Town - Christopher Miles

Planet - Allison Schulnik Home For Hobo

Flavorpill - Flavorwire Daily Dose Pick: Allison Schulnik

Artillery - Allison Schulnik Home For Hobo Mark Moore Gallery

Daily Serving - Interview with Allison Schulnik

Los Angeles Times - Around the Galleries - David Pagel

Cool Hunting - Kiel Johnson

ArtSlant - Schulnik in Santa Monica

Flavorpill - by Heather Jeno Silva

Guernica Magazine - Hobo Clown and Forest

Daily Serving - Best of 2009

Trap Door Sun - Hobo Clown: An Interview with Allison Schulnik

New York Post - Somewhere on an iceberg, Bjork is jealous

LA Weekly - LA Artist Allison Schulnik New Claymation Video for Grizzly Bear

Pitchfork - Video: Grizzly Bear: "Ready, Able"

Border Crossings Magazine - Brilliant Rejects: An Interview with Allison Schulnik

THE Magazine - Editors' Picks

Daily Serving - Allison Schulnik

Angeleno Interiors - Mini Spree

New York Times - Toplessness and Taxidermy in a Bottoming Market - Chins Up on Day One of Pulse - Scope Finds Its Comic Side

Art in America - Mike Weiss

New American Paintings - Noteworthy: Juror's Pick

Whitehot Magazine - Allison Schulnik @ Whitehot Magazine - Jennifer Coates in New York

ArtSlant - Don't Take it Too Seriously

ArtReview: - Future Greats: Ones to Watch

LA Weekly - Some Paintings

Saatchi Daily Magazine - Top 10 Shows in Los Angeles This Month

Saatchi Daily Magazine - Highlights at Zoo Art Fair, 2007

Los Angeles Times - Five artists who help make the scene in L.A.

Los Angeles Times - 45 Painters Under 45

Re-Title - Rokeby Review

L.A. Times - Around The Galleries

artslant - A Painter's Painter

Garageland -

Domino Magazine - Modern Art's Three Hot Trends

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