The above work is Allison Sommer‘s contribution for our group show we’ll be putting on during Art Basel this December in Miami at the Gen Art Vanguard Fair. Sommers’ “The Expulsion” measures in at only 8×10″ on illustration board. Simply stunning the details she captures with a medium as delicate as gouche.
“Sommers’ recent work could fall under the category of fantastic art, such that it conveys dream-like, uncanny, and often grotesque depictions. Fantastic art borrows momentum from Mannerism, an older art genre characterized by spatial incongruity, exaggerated and elongated subjects, and an often disturbing lack of any clear perspective (think of European art at the height of the Renaissance). Indeed, Sommers admits that the “exaggerated pathos” in Mannerism is the primary inspiration behind her current work; in a larger sense, Sommers’ artwork seeks to culminate at the point where seriousness gives way to ambiguity. Her artwork is fascinating, enigmatic, and visually befuddling, illustrating a vivid binary of gravity and frivolity.”
– WhiteHot Magazine