Turner to Feature Solo Exhibition of Works by Allison Hyde

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Works by Allison Hyde, the artist awarded the Friends of The Turner Solo Exhibition Prize from the 2012 Janet Turner Print Competition and Exhibition, will be featured at The Turner Print Museum Gallery March 11-April 14.

What these works visually offer and the environment they create will be distinctly different than the expected Turner Museum exhibition.

“Because Allison doesn’t typically create the conventional print in a mat, we will not know what the exhibition is until she installs it,” said Turner Museum curator Catherine Sullivan. “What is exciting in her work is the manipulation of traditional printmaking in an environment that speaks to the interrelationship of the individual works.”

If Hyde’s recent exhibitions offer any clues, more than likely people coming to The Turner are in for a unique experience. They should see an onsite installation that is both unconventional and cutting-edge, in terms of printmaking, and the thought provoking aspect of her work represents contemporary thought in art, said Sullivan.

“Allison is an exciting new emerging artist.She represents the change we made in the concept of the National Print Competition to reflect how contemporary printmakers are defining, redefining and creating new expressions of a traditional technique. Her work may be unexpected by those viewers more comfortable with prints that stay in the traditional manner with clearly defined techniques and object centered subject matter.”

For last year’s National Print Competition Hyde submitted a powerful mixed-media work entitled “Scarlet” that took up nearly half of Chico State’s University Art Gallery, the space where it was installed. “Scarlet” was an onsite installation of what appeared as a corner of a derelict building. Evidence of burn scars marked edges and the facade. Exhibition curator and juror Franklin Sirmans, curator and department Head of contemporary art for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, selected “Scarlet” to receive the exhibition’s highest honor, the coveted Turner Solo Exhibition Award.

Hyde describes herself as an artist, teacher, curator and gallery director. She was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington and received her Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Oregon in 2011. She is currently showing her work at many locations across the West Coast.

On Hyde’s website there are numerous examples of her unique approach to creating print/mixed-media artworks. A photo of one recent work shows charred remains of chairs and office equipment cascading down a well-worn flight of stairs.

The website also includes several paragraphs that articulates Hyde’s philosophy regarding her work:

“I find rusted tool boxes, tattered postcards with pencil-scribbled words of sentiment, small wooden boxes that formerly held precious tokens, and spoons that had once touched the lips of the now deceased. Scratched floors, layers of paint, faded wallpaper…they speak to me. These spaces and objects embody a time and physical use that speaks quietly about human experience. It is this beauty in the marks of time passing, the memory of spaces and objects we come in contact with, and the way these things intimately personify our identities that I explore in my work. 

“As a printmaker, I find that the materials of the printing process hold as much time and memory as the end products they create; they adapt and layer both the marks of the artist’s hand and the time passing through creation. As I roll, ink, print from one visceral surface to another I relive, I revisit and I reinvent my understanding of material and the past.

“Recently, my work has aimed to visually communicate about the intimate human relationships we create with objects in our lives and the spaces we inhabit, and, in parallel, the ceaseless yet futile desire to preserve one’s identity and memories within the vast realm of time. So whether it be walking through a dark space between windows and obscured video imagery or quietly shuffling through stacks of images, faded like one's own memory, I find myself ceaselessly exploring the subjective experience of memory, and artifacts that document our physical and psychological history.”

Sullivan said Hyde is an artist in the category of printmakers who are not solely traditional matrix or press based.

“Her work is not always intended to be matted and framed in a conventional manner. Her exhibitions and singular pieces often reflect installations where the work and the space become the experience or the work, by their proximity, resonate.”

The Turner Print Museum Gallery is located in the Meriam Library at CSU, Chico and is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday during exhibition dates. Please note the gallery will be closed during CSU, Chico’s spring break, March 16-24. Hyde will give a formal artist’s presentation Thursday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall (PAC 134); a reception at The Turner will follow.

Tours and other viewing hours may be arranged by contacting Museum curator Catherine Sullivan at 530-898-4476 or by e-mail at csullivan@csuchico.edu. School tours can also be arranged through The Turner’s website: wwwtheturner.org.

In conjunction with her visit to CSU, Chico Hyde will be interacting with Chico State printmaking students through class visits, workshops, and master classes. She will also be exhibiting a larger work at the 1078 Gallery March 9th-30th and giving an artist’s talk at the 1078 Gallery March 9th beginning at 6 p.m. For her exhibit at the 1078 Gallery she will be paired with Nicole Pietrantoni, another printmaker who also exhibited in the last Janet Turner National Print Competition Exhibition.

Photos courtesy of AllisonHyde.com and AllisonHyde.Tumblr.com