ALLISON RENSHAW: PLASTIC FANTASTIC
January 31–June 20, 2010
In Singh Family Gallery
Plastic Fantastic explores the contrast between McMansions, plastic surgery and the artificiality of high end living with San Diego’s gorgeous seaside, weather and natural beauty. While seemingly random and difficult to decipher, Plastic Fantastic references today’s open-source culture of sampling and recycling. Fashion, modern architecture and beach aestheticism combine and collide in Renshaw’s vibrant mixed media compositions.
Pulsating with energy and pop abstraction, the imagery in Allison Renshaw’s paintings allows lines between organic and man-made to blur while exploiting the tension between plasticity and temporality. She creates a chaotic universe weaving fragments of pop culture into a fusion of color and intricate doodle-like patterns. Similar to iconic abstract artist Vasily Kandinsky, Renshaw draws much of her inspiration from music. Color is playfully and dramatically used in each piece creating a cadence that pulls viewers into her subconscious creations.
Oceanside Museum of Art is excited to present the first West Coast one woman museum exhibition for San Diego artist Allison Renshaw. She is a mid-career artist living and working in Leucadia and has exhibited her work extensively across the nation. Her work has been shown at the Delaware Art Museum, the Holter Museum of Art in Montana, and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.