My work, is a series of color photographs that work to stimulate unconscious emotions, desires, and sexual compulsions, all unified within a dynamic that vacillates between the real and the fantasized. I explore issues related to madness and alienation as they exist in contemporary culture, concentrating on expressions of neurosis, on feelings of anxiety, displacement, and loss of identity. These emotions are depicted in terms of visual conflict through my imagery, and manifested in terms of grotesque exaggeration. While investigating issues related to the unconscious, elements such as eroticism, twisted humor, and horror come across. I strive to create dichotomies between the sensual and the horrific, the beautiful and the destructive; the result, I hope, is a body of work comprised of deeply emotional and disturbing depictions of the unknown, staged imagery that functions on a metaphorical level, and inanimate objects and settings serving to illustrate the inner workings of the unconscious.
Nearly everyone has experienced some sort of traumatic disconnect in their lives, whether it is a severance within the body/self or a break from family or friends. Much hysteria is rooted in such traumatic experience, one that cannot be integrated into a person's understanding of the world. Freud, in "Beyond the Pleasure Principle" states, "Often times we tend to repeat a traumatic event over and over even until it becomes pleasurable."This repetition contradicts our instinct to seek pleasure but, regardless, our mind has a tendency to repeat traumatic events in order to deal with them, as a way of mastering them. This repetition can take the form of dreams, storytelling, or even hallucination; my images allude to the cryptic mental re-scrambling through which our traumatic events resurface. When I conceive my images the questions I ask myself are: What is the state of normality? How can that normality be subverted, perverted, or generally transformed? When does this overcome the real and become psychotic?
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Bio / CV
- Alison Brady is a New York based artist. She hails from the slightly tattered outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio, and the image of faded middle-class “coziness” is one that lies at the heart of her photos. Her work is compelling, funny, and disturbing, that mucks through unconscious emotions, desires, and sexual compulsions, all unified by an aesthetic that vacillates between the banal and the fantastic. Her 2009 exhibition An Uncertain Nature at Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York, received critical recognition Roberta Smith of the The New York Times wrote “Ms. Brady's work deals rather explicitly and hilariously with the female predicament.”
Brady exhibits nationally and internationally and her work is featured in many private and public collections such as Elton John’s collection and the West Collection. Her work has been featured in publications such as New York Arts Magazine, Time Out NY and The new York Times. She was named one of the top emerging artists in the world by Saatchi Gallery.
She holds A MFA in Photography Video and Related Media from The School of Visual Arts (NYC).
- Solo Exhibitions
2011 Hous Projects, New York, NY
2009 Massimo Audiello, New York, NY
2008 Foundation Centre of Photography, Bielsko-Biala, Poland
2007 Massimo Audiello, New York, NY
- Group Exhibitions
2010 4X4 Kopeikin Gallery, LA, CA
2010 Portraits, Detroit Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI
2009 BAM Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Remember Me When I'm Dead, Fleetwing Gallery/Brooklyn Artillery, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Prague Biennale, Czech Republic
2008 Young Curators, New Ideas, Bond Street Gallery
2008 Randall Scott Gallery - Eight Photographers Group Show
2008 TFOP National Juried Exhibition, CVA Gallery, Toledo, Ohio
2007 Booby HatchWoom Gallery, Birmingham, England
2007 Distinctive Messengers, House of Campari Exhibition, New York, NY
2007 Life Is But A Dream Space 301, Mobil, AL
2006 Strange Instrument, 3rd Ward Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
2006 The Early Work: School of Visual Arts Masters Thesis Exhibition
2005 SVA 2nd Fl Gallery The Teenage Gothic
2004 7th Annual Fall Mixer: Spark Gallery, Syracuse, NY
2003 Kiosky Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
2003 Reed Gallery, Cincinnati OH
2002 Semantics Gallery, Synthetic Happiness Cincinnati OH
Brady's work is on display in many collections public and private collections, including The West Collection and Sir Elton John's collection.
New York Time Out, New York Times
- New York Gallery Representation
- Rick Wester Fine Art
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