Approved: 16.08.2006

Alison J Carr

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 16.08.2006

In my practice, I find offcuts of our image culture—long forgotten promo photos of chorus girls—and recycle them into my own narrative, one that speaks back to our consumer-orientated image culture with its Photoshopped sheen of perfection. Underpinning my creative gestures is a fascination with the limitations of representation as well as the empowerment possibilities of dancing with a devil-may-care whimsicality.

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  • Location: Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • Artforms: Film & video , Installation , Photography
  • Tags: 2d, cigarette cards, dress up, recreation, boxed, cut-hole, found negative, multiples & editions, peformative, pin-up, re-enactment, dance, performance for camera, showgirl, studio
 

Biography

In my practice, I find offcuts of our image culture—long forgotten promo photos of chorus girls—and recycle them into my own narrative, one that speaks back to our consumer-orientated image culture with its Photoshopped sheen of perfection. Underpinning my creative gestures is a fascination with the limitations of representation as well as the empowerment possibilities of dancing with a devil-may-care whimsicality.

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