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Allison Jae Evans is a painter whose restrained linear vocabulary draws viewers into a provocative world of seduction, objectivity, and power.
Her current exhibition, Hung Up, combines painting, drawing, and installation to construct a layered narrative with references ranging from the nihilism of Richard Kern’s Cinema of Transgression to more contemporary ideas about sex and human connection in the digital world.
Evans was born in New Haven, CT and currently lives/works in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BA from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH and an MFA from Hunter College in NYC. Evans’s work has been exhibited at The Journal Gallery, 106 Green Gallery, Atlanta Contemporary, Edward Thorp Gallery, and Tiger Strikes Asteroid NY, among other venues. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings, Maake Magazine, and Hyperallergic, and has been reviewed in The New York Times. She was recently interviewed by artist Brian Alfred for the Sound and Vision Podcast and artist Alex Nuñez for the Sunday Painter Podcast. Hung Up is on view at Peninsula Gallery until December 10, 2022.
[…] Allison Jae Evans joined us to discuss her recent show, Hung Up, at Peninsula Gallery. The title is layered, referring to the collage-like way the show itself was hung as well as the motif of the show, the image of a phone cord running around the walls on which the works are hung. The cord is painted on the wall along with two hands playing a sort of cat’s cradle game with it. While there is an element of romantic obsession, the intention was to create a space that was part brothel, part phone sex booth (a construct created by Evans), part disco and part noir horror. To hear more, listen to the complete interview. […]