Allison Gildersleeve

Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

20 Jay Street, Suite 720

Allison Gildersleeve makes colorful, densely layered works on canvas and paper that act as portraits of places she frequents. Including wooded areas, home interiors, open highways, and back-country roads, the subjects of Gildersleeve’s compositions are all taken from everyday scenes of rural America, and those of her own upbringing. Gildersleeve breaks up her landscapes into their elemental parts: shapes, line, and fields of color, collaging them back together to create an affective scene rather than a visually accurate depiction. To her, how space is experienced, especially repeatedly over time, is more important than how it looks. In her works, potted plants, creeping vines, stairwells, dining tables, and other trappings of domestic and natural space intertwine to create a sense of memory, dreamscapes, and overlapping temporalities coming to life in the mind of the artist. For Gildersleeve, this “is the challenge: depicting the fixed as fluid, the static as varied, and the mundane as that which is anything but.”

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

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