Alyson Provax: "Out There"
“I am interested in how we approach that which we do not know – and all of the excitement, the uncertainty, and our attempts to make sense of it all.”
Wolff Gallery is pleased to present Out There by printmaker Alyson Provax, which is a meditation upon the expansiveness of the universe and eerie encounters with the unknown. Through experimentation with textures, shapes, and composition, and by using a combination of collage and monotype techniques, Provax isolates moments within her Diagrams prints to highlight the relationships among forms and the beauty of manual glitches. Provax takes a similar experimental approach to the unique letterpress pieces that compliment the larger monotypes in the exhibition, playing with placement and multiple layers of text to echo the aesthetics of concrete poetry. The words are found or written by the artist and attempt to describe ineffable experiences such as first-person accounts of UFO sightings.
Alyson Provax was born in California in 1984. She received her BFA in Printmaking from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, where she lives and works today. Her work focuses on personal mundane experience. Provax is interested in wasting time and the feeling of repeating oneself, and the simple yet powerful moments of realizing that you are living in a delicate body in a shifting environment. She works primarily with silkscreen monotype and letterpress processes, using both in a fluid and experiential way.
Opening Reception: Thursday June 2nd, 2016, 6-10 pm
Show Run: June 2 – July 3, 2016