Approved: 16.08.2006

Alison J Carr

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 16.08.2006

Advertising images of women’s bodies that construct and repeat (ad infinitum) a connection between physical perfection and commodification drives the work of Alison J Carr.

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    Artist Statement

    Advertising images of women’s bodies that construct and repeat (ad infinitum) a connection between physical perfection and commodification drives the work of Alison J Carr.

    Carr contrasts these with work created to reframe the female body as imperfect, yet glamorous, and located in contexts of radical thought and disruptive intentions, where excess is not only about consumption, but mostly about pleasure. Carr takes entertainment seriously and asks if it can be tooled to rupture our cultural conditioning towards neoliberal individuality. The work proposes that political agency can be joyful and expansive.

    Carr makes photographs, videos, collages, and performances. Her photographs have recently focussed on theatre interiors. Performances include lectures, kick-line routines, showgirl posing, tap-dancing chorus lines, and spoken word monologues, which draw directly on her research on showgirls. A new approach to video is a short documentary, though earlier videos have an improvised feel to them, from speaking off-camera to dancing to-camera. Collages incorporate photographs theatre interiors and 1930s showgirls pin-up recreations in which the artist embodies the role of showgirl herself. 

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training 2013 - Practice Led PhD, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield 2009 - MFA Photography & Media, California Institute of the Arts, California, USA 2001 - BA Hons Fine Art, Combined & Media Art, Sheffield Hallam University Solo exhibitions 2012 - Showtime, with Kerstin Honeit, SIA Gallery, Cantor Building, Sheffield Hallam University, 153 Arundel Street Sheffield S1 2NU 2011 - Showtime, with Kerstin Honeit, LoBe, Berlin 2009 - Woman As Image, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California 2008 - Wish You Were Here, Real Photographs, Series of Nine, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California Group exhibitions 2011 - Last Requests, Assembly / Bloc Projects, Sheffield 2009 - GLAMFA 09, Greater Los Angeles MFA, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach 2009 - MFA Conversations Part II, I5 Gallery at The Brewery Art Colony, Los Angeles 2009 - Why Theory, CalArts MFA Grad Show / Spring Arts Tower, Downtown Los Angeles 2007 - Deja Vu, Blocspace, Sheffield 2006 - Paint It Black , Cupola Gallery, Sheffield 2005 - S1 Artspace Member's Show, S1 Artspace, Sheffield Live/Performance 2006 - Just For Fun, Webster Gotts & Robin Close, Sheffield Residencies 2011 - LoBe London Berlin Art Kunst , LoBe, Berlin 2010 - Terra Summer Residency, Terra, Giverny Educational experience - secondary 2008 - Community Arts Partnership, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California Educational experience - tertiary 2008 - Teaching Assistant for Ellen Birrell & David Bunn, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California Other 2012 - Tegel Flights of Fancy, Screening, Bablyon Cinema, Berlin