10 June 2012

Conflict and Transition

[By Janice Ryan, edmontonjournal.com]

Artist captures issues of conflict and transition

Fragments features work of Saskatoon’s Allyson Glenn

EDMONTON – Allyson Glenn says she’s a “bit of a sponge” when she visits a new place. Her ability to absorb and observe her surroundings is evident in her figurative paintings. The results are riveting.

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Her exhibition at Common Sense Gallery combines two bodies of work created over the past five years: Cracovia, inspired by an eight-month residency in Krakow, Poland, has toured North America since 2007, while Urban Narratives is a new series of not-yet-completed triptychs — hence the show title, Fragments. Both projects address issues of cultural identity, conflict and transition.

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Glenn is a master at creating theatrical spaces in a two-dimensional realm. “I always leave ambiguity in the images so that it doesn’t become literal or illustrative. I like subtlety.”

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“I always wanted to be a figurative sculptor,” she quips, “but at the same time I really love painting, so this is a way to connect the two.”

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