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Alyssa Dennis
updated: 05/17/2011
website: www.alyssadennis.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Glassed In/out
No False Suns Rise
Vacating Vision
Excavation Transfer
Billbroads
Mounds
A Prehistoric Advertisement with Weeds
Test Site 1
Striped
Sediment Brake
Stripped Opacity Construction Playground
Stripped Opacity Construction Playground (Detail)
Stripped Opacity Construction Playground (Detail)
 
 
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Glassed In/out by Alyssa Dennis
Glassed In/out
graphite, gouache, ground pigment, colored pencil
2011
36" x  78" 
No False Suns Rise by Alyssa Dennis
No False Suns Rise
graphite, ground pigment, colored pencil, gouache
2011
36" x  75" 
Vacating Vision by Alyssa Dennis
Vacating Vision
graphite, gouache, ground pigment, colored pencil
2011
36" x  80" 
Excavation Transfer by Alyssa Dennis
Excavation Transfer
Graphite, pastel, collage
2011
42" x  44" 
Billbroads by Alyssa Dennis
Billbroads
Graphite, gouache, charcoal, colored pencil
2011
11" x  22" 
Mounds by Alyssa Dennis
Mounds
graphite, colored pencil, ground pigment on paper mounted on board
2011
13" x  35" 
A Prehistoric Advertisement with Weeds   by Alyssa Dennis
A Prehistoric Advertisement with Weeds
graphite, gouache
2009
29" x  60" 
Test Site 1 by Alyssa Dennis
Test Site 1
Graphite, colored pencil, gouache
2009
21" x  38" 
Striped by Alyssa Dennis
Striped
graphite, ground pigment, colored pencil, collage
2009
36" x  54" 
Sediment Brake by Alyssa Dennis
Sediment Brake
graphite, ground pigment, gouache, colored pencil
2009
38" x  58" 
Stripped Opacity Construction Playground by Alyssa Dennis
Stripped Opacity Construction Playground
recycled acrylic, thread, clay bricks, saw dust, clay dust, paper cones, found objects
2011
Dimensions variable
Stripped Opacity Construction Playground (Detail) by Alyssa Dennis
Stripped Opacity Construction Playground (Detail)
recycled acrylic, thread, clay bricks, saw dust, clay dust, found objects
2011
Dimensions variable
Stripped Opacity Construction Playground (Detail) by Alyssa Dennis
Stripped Opacity Construction Playground (Detail)
recycled acrylic, thread, clay bricks, saw dust, clay dust, paper cones, found objects
2011
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement
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This work reflects my interest in the modularity of architecture. By using the visual representation of constructed space I work to assemble hybridized situations of man-made elements and non-man-made elements. I am interested in the degrees of separation between these components within our environment and how their rudiments create our perceived world. In particular I have used the setting of construction site or test site as a point of departure to speak about the beginnings of raw earthly materials, which are then composed into building material. Much like a set of child’s building blocks, always vulnerable to rearrangement, the action of breaking down and building up are repeated from one composition to the next. These settings wax and wane within a process state which collectively resemble construction, decomposition, archeological excavation, theater set, place and non-place. These drawings were produced with an almost scientific meticulousness, parts of which, were at any moment, erased, scratched into, or layered upon revealing a ghost like transparency. Even though the compositions and arrangements of images or objects remain fixed in reality, the unreliable or erratic nature of our vision or attention causes these elements to seem as if they are changing. In my daily interactions with the built environment, I see architecture as a manipulator of vision. A field of coordinates that guide our trajectory. I often think about physical spaces that could change at a blink of an eye or spaces that reveal or frame exterior phenomenon.

Artist Bio / CV

Education

High School 1999 Visual Arts  Carver Center for Arts and Technology

BFA 2003 GFA Maryland Institute College of Art (cum laude)

MFA  2011  Painting  Tulane University

2002  Study Abroad  Antioch College (Mali, West Africa)

2006 Natural Building Solar Energy International, CO

Select Grants and Awards

2011  Joan Mitchell Foundation  Nominee

2010 Tulane University  Tulane Summer Fellowship

2008 MD State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship

2006 MD State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant Award

2004  MD State Arts Council  Individual Artist Grant Award

2004 MD Artist Equity Foundation, Grand Prize

2003 Cohasset Mass Works on Paper, First Place

2002 Francis B. Harvey Scholarship

2002 The Concordia Scholarship Award

Select Publications

Architect Magazine, Future Project. Jan. 2011

Urbanite Magazine. Eye to Eye. Jan 2009

New American Painting, Open Studio Press. No. 69. May 2007

Selected Exhibitions

2011  Anniversary Show, DuMois Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2010  I’m An Important Giant, Antenna, New Orleans, LA

2010 New Orleans MT Project, Good Children, New Orleans, LA

2010 Moulin Rouge, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

2010 MFA Invitational, American University, Washington, DC

2009 Structures, University Gallery, University of Baltimore, MD

2009 * Urban Blight, Gallery Imperato, Baltimore, MD

2008 Habitat, Rosenburg Gallery, Goucher Collage, Towson, MD

2008 Conecta, University MD College Park, MD

2007 New American Painting (no.69), Open Press Studio,NYC

2006 Painting, Galerie Francoise, Towson,

2005 *Alyssa Dennis, Greenbelt Gallery, Greenbelt, MD           

2004 MAEF Alumni Show, Walters Art Museum Baltimore, MD

2004 Drawing Show, Ashley Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2004 *Drawing/ Painting, Galerie Francoise E.S.F. Towson, MD

2003 Drawing Show, Japan

Artist Residencies

2008 Conecta, University of MD Collage Park, MD

2008 Oxbow, Art Institute of Chicago, MI

Collections

Micheal Phelps Collection

Jonathan Doan Collection