My work is set in the era of family trips taken in a station wagon, and portable cassette players with foam-covered headphones… A time just pre-dating MTV, when Polaroid cameras were a cool Christmas present. They are photo-based memories of dream-like images, documenting holidays, vacations, and special occasions. The paintings combine real experiences with the imagined fantasies and daydreams of 1980s adolescence. Each painting presents a seemingly carefree and innocent place or event, but all are tinged with elements of mystery, melancholy, or fear. The images are chosen for their often soft-edged appearance or faded, discolored, and overexposed qualities. The photorealist technique in which they are painted emphasizes these aspects -- the idea is to directly reference the photographic source while also transcending it.
Allison Edge had her first NY solo exhibition titled Crystal Days at Like the Spice Gallery in Spring 2009. This followed solo exhibitions at Motel Gallery in Portland, OR in 2006 and at Lincart, San Francisco in 2005. A cover feature review of You’re the One For Me at Motel was included in the June 2006 issue of Artweek magazine.
Edge has also been included in numerous group exhibitions including Have You Seen the Horizon Lately 2008 at Leo Kesting in NYC, Deer Art 2007 at Like the Spice, Boys Club 2006 at Lincart, and Catholic 2005 at Gallery Claska in Tokyo. Edge’s work has been seen in art fairs ranging from SCOPE and PULSE in Miami to ArT/LA, and the Affordable Art Fair NYC. Her painting Lola is featured in the book Catholic No.1 published by DAP/Evil Twin in 2005.