12.16.12 — 01.26.13
Drawing from a stockpile of hand-made and found objects, Allison Wade constructs tenuous, straightforward arrangements of unexpected juxtapositions. The work relies heavily on balance and tension; there’s a strong focus on where and how materials meet. Simultaneously aware of the specific relationships of the parts and the coherence of the whole, the viewer senses a new grammar, one that is open to interpretation. An ongoing interest in language structures—specifically syntax, conjunction, and parataxis – also informs the work. The Rest of the More, the title of the exhibition, comes from a conversation with a Finnish friend offering Allison the remainder of his leftover soup. Both an act of generosity and a unique turn of phrase, this expression conveys the ethos of the work presented here: a resourceful, idiomatic approach to making that reveals its own intuitive logic while inviting investigation.
Allison Wade received her MFA from the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earned her BA in English literature from Stanford University and completed the post-baccalaureate program at Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been granted residencies at Mustarinda (Finland), ACRE and the Vermont Studio Center, for which she was given a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. She is the recipient of an Edes Foundation Semi-Finalist Prize, Clare Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists awarded through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her recent projects include exhibitions at Adds Donna, LVL3 Gallery and the MDW Art Fair with The Salon Series in Chicago; and the HF Johnson Gallery of Art, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI. She is currently an adjunct professor at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. She lives and works in Chicago.