Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Art in Data

Check out the ACS magazine article first on Rebecca Aloisio.  If you didn't see it when it was first published last year, here is a chance to read what Rebecca had to say about her development as a fine artist, here is the link:

Rebecca Aloisio at Rochester Institute of Technology

"We are confronted daily with insurmountable amounts of visual information.  This influx of data quietly shrouds our sense of truth, burying it under veils of the sensational, the staged, the crude, and the hyperreal. One can never be quite certain if the image before them represents documented history or a simulated probability. Navigating this paradigm is at the core of my practice. I want to make images that speak beyond abstraction.  I want viewers to be accountable, questioning and challenging the authenticity of what it is they are seeing." - Rebecca Aloisio

art by Rebecca Aloisio
"Object" at The RIT University Gallery

With an opening reception in September, the art of Rebecca Aloisio is being featured in a solo exhibition of large scale works that defy the easy categories we have for two dimensional art. Are these paintings, prints, or collage, or all of the above?  If these works are not abstract than what do they represent?  There are bits of things that we can recognize - a texture here, or a form there, but this looks like a universe that has been put into a blender and a new context is developing to interpret these images.  There is a beauty to these compositions to be sure - a real artist has been working at her craft and now has something to show for it.

Rebecca Aloisio print in the studio

As a mentor, I had the opportunity to work with Rebecca last year in the printmaking studio, and had the chance to see how she worked at her art.  Above was a photo I made of one work  with strong color and a sense of dimension, and you can see bits of this in the new pieces  which are framed and hanging in the University Gallery in her show called "Objekt" until October 6th, 2018.

This summer I was pleased to be able to write a recommendation for Rebecca Aloisio, and she has since been awarded a Pollock-Krasner grant to further her art - needless to say she is on a roll.
It is a tribute to her strength as an artist that she has taken on a new and interesting path in her art that is confronting the barrage of digital materials that are in our lives today.  Let us see how she sorts it out.

Rebecca Aloisio 
at the RIT University Gallery