Pick Your Poison 3,
Game of Drones, 45"x 32" mixed media on canvas, 2013
“Pick Your Poison” is an
allegorical apocalypse in which anthropomorphic flowers find themselves
victims of asteroids, floods, drone strikes, voodoo, drought, nuclear attack,
and even alien abduction. The show is a continuation of recent work which
alludes to the story of man’s folly, absurdity and the helplessness in
our efforts to escape it. In this effort there is an attempt to see the
humor in things.
The idea of using flowers
as a vehicle for this narration was originally influenced by Yayoi Kusama’s
monumental and comically styled sculptures “Flowers that Bloom at Midnight”.
Their simplified and fantastical forms covered with vivid polka-dots seemed
to align them-selves almost magically with the circus dot paintings in
my recent series “Twist of Fate”. Knowing of Yayoi as one of the original
New York performance artist, it was a surprise to find the wealth of information
about her writings and visual art. Especially influential was her fantasy
tales in her 1998 novel “Violet Obsession”, which described the experiences
of a young girl who can converse with the flowers as agents of the universe.
Pick Your Poison 1
45"x 32" mixed media on canvas y. 2013
This series also questions
our presumptions about plant consciousness, perception and their shamanistic
power. Most ancient cultures recognized animals and plants as characters
that can reflect human behavior. Plant Spirit Shamanism understands that
plants have an affinity for human beings, that they know our pain, and
that their intention is to love and to heal. Simply being close to them
and their energy fields can be enough to call back the soul. In the early
1900’s, scientist such as Jagadish Chandra Bose conducted experiments finding
every plant to have a sensitive nervous system which responds to shock
by spasm just as an animal muscle does. Bose further claimed that plants
can "feel pain and understand affec-tion”
Pick Your Poison 2
45"x 32" mixed media on canvas y. 2013
The process of layering collage,
drawing, and painting is the thread that connects every-thing I have done,
not only in this show, but in all my work over the past five years. There
is a back and forth between “hard work” and “in the moment” states of artistic
creation that anchors and expands the work . Most recently the backgrounds
are reminiscent of circus patterns which I use as a whimsical counterpoint
to the often tragic or caustic subject mat-ter. The work is expressionist,
narrative, colorful, full of allegory and elusive in meaning.
“In joy or sadness flowers are our constant
friends.” Kakuz Okakura, The Book Of Tea
Gus and Sharon Kopriva
Darrell and Peggy Delahoussaye
Don and Crystal Owens
Jim and Janice Pardue
Larry Ogden and Katarina
Bill Fort and Carol McKenna
Paul and Nancy Johnson
Marv and Billie Chasen
Karen and Cameron Rezai
Reagan and Glenda Ramsower
Virginia Billeaud Anderson
Paul Kittleston and Carter
Dick Wray Estate
Theresa Treadway Caroll
"Pick Your Poison"
6, 6 to 8 pm
this exhibition continues
through Sat. April 27 2013,
please note Gallery Hours :
Tuesday - Saturday 10AM to
and by appointment 24/7
Pick Your Poison 6
16"x 45" mixed media on canvas y. 2013
Kelly Alison is an American
artist primarily working in a rural area south of Houston, Texas. Her work
has been exhibited in National and International Museums, most notably
at the Shanghai Art Museum in China and the National Museum of Art in Lima,
Peru. She has been published in books, catalogs and magazines such as Art
in America, Texas Monthly and Town and Country and her work is on permanent
exhibition in downtown Houston as part of the Wayfinder project .
Alison was born 1957 and
raised in the panhandle town of Plainview, Texas. In the late 70's, early
80's at The University of Houston she was one of the students involved
with the original Lawndale Art Annex, ( Houston's first alternative space
) where she studied under Richard Stout, Gail Stack, John Alexander, and
In 1985, Alison was recognized
as the youngest artist in "Fresh Paint: The Houston School", curated by
the highly regarded Barbara Rose and writer, co-curator, Susie Kalil. The
prestigious exhibition opened at the Fine Arts Museum in Houston, then
traveled to New York to the alternative space, PS1.
Pick Your Poison 7
mixed media on canvas y. 2013
Two Art in Public Places
projects were awarded to Alison, the Lee High School Mural Project and
the Wayfinder Project, sponsored by the Downtown Association and the Cultural
Arts Council of Houston. Both remain on permanent exhibit in Houston. Alison
was also the first Director of the Winter Street Art Studios during its
memorable Grand Opening.
During the 1990's , Alison
worked with the "Rubber Art Mob" Wayne Gilbert, Bill Hailey and Ramzy Telly.
At the same time she was exploring the international and invisible world
of collective identities and multiple name performers. She performed
in a number of offbeat venues under the names l.knomore or Ima Knomore,
Helena in the dadaNetCircus production of www. Faust, Discordia in Jonah
and the www.Whale and Y2K with Richie Hubscher and the Easy Credit Theater.
During this time she had a short Residency at Diverse Works with the dada
In 2006, Alison exhibited
in the Corpus Christi Art Museum, " Art Caliente' , The Joe Diaz Collection"
and the Arlington Art Museum. In July and August of 2006 , Alison
traveled to China as part of the exhibition, "Houston Contemporary",
curated by Christopher Zhu and Gus Kopriva at the Shanghai Art Museum in
China. In 2007, Alison exhibited in "Amistad" at the Museo de Nationale
in Lima Peru and Trujillo, Peru.
Pick Your Poison 8
32"x 16" mixed media on canvas y. 2013
In 2012 Alison was the organizer
and administrator for "Lone Star Explosion, Houston's International Performance
Art Biennale" and she has been named the Executive Director for the 2014
Event. The event brought in 20 performance artists from all over
the world, some from as far away as South Korea, Chili and Finland.
It was widely attended and received a great deal of press.
Recent exhibitions include
FOURTEEN (Texas Women) at The Art Car Museum, Houston, TX., as well as
the group Invitaional Museo de Arte Moderno; Trujillo, Peru.
Allison is represented by DM Allison Fine Art in Houston TX and is a current
Resident Artist at Box 13 which was named by Houston Press as Houston's
Best artists run art space.
Kelly Alison has taught at
the Art League Houston since 2007.