Alison Willse - New Drawings
September 27, 2017 – Rosemont, PA – Lawrence Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibit featuring the works of Alison Willse. The show, titled New Drawings, will be on display from October 19 through November 24, 2017. An opening reception will take place Thursday, October 19 from 4 through 7 p.m. with an informal gallery talk at 4:30 p.m.
This powerful solo exhibit of recent work by emerging artist Alison Willse combines unusual subject matter (skulls, Halloween masks, and cigarettes) with dramatic lighting and limited space. Her use of compressed charcoal intensifies the theatrical effect of each image. By subtracting the environment the artist evokes a sense of importance in the ordinary and the viewer is compelled to "re-see" everyday objects.
“It’s important to me from a conceptual standpoint that it’s understood how the subject matter is very much rooted in Pop Art,” Willse said. “It also channels my background in printmaking in the sense that the work has a strong graphic sensibility.”
Her process begins with identifying objects that achieve a specific balance of light and shadow, and are organic in nature. Willse then photographs the subject matter and edits the photos to bring out the drama of each object. Usually she Photoshop’s the black space around the object as a final step before outputting the image to get a sense of the final drawing.
Alison Willse has exhibited at various galleries in and around Philadelphia. Selected venues include: Philadelphia City Hall, Moore College of Art and Design, Slingluff Gallery, Abington Art Center, Chestnut Hill College, Pagus Gallery, and the Philadelphia Sketch Club. Willse graduated magna cum laude with her B.F.A. in Studio Art and Printmaking from Rosemont College in 2006. Upon receiving a prestigious fellowship, she then went on to pursue her M.F.A. in Printmaking at Marywood University, from which she graduated in 2008.
“I’m very excited to show my newest works in Rosemont’s Lawrence Gallery. This large and well-lit allows me to highlight the drama of my black and white drawings.”