Born in 1980, Alison Hall lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and in Martinsville, VA. Hall looks to the ritual and repetition of her upbringing in rural and industrial Virginia, tempered with a devotion to early Renaissance artifacts in central Italy. Drawing on her ongoing study of patterns in the Arena Chapel’s fresco cycle by Giotto (Padua), Hall searches for visual systems in 13th century ceilings, floors and paintings. She de-constructs these – such as Giotto’s eight pointed asterisk constellations, diamond shaped grids and six pointed mosaic stars – conjuring her own geometric abstractions. Floating reflective graphite patterns over dense fields of oil pigment laid over sanded venetian plaster, Hall imbues these ritualistic rhythms with the subtle movements of nature’s patterns – light, rain, stars and clouds. When she breaks from these, it reveals the surreptitious presence, like a tracking marker, of her hand, in the midst of rigorous abstraction, a momentary relief, a victory of the cognitive over the experiential.

Hall has had solo exhibitions at Clement & Schneider, Bonn, Germany, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA and Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO. She has been included in shows with Ross Bleckner, Andrew Forge, Michelle Grabner and others at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, NY, Kate Werble Gallery, NY, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY and McKenzie Fine Art, NY and has been exhibited at the Taubman Museum of Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and The William King Museum. In 2011, Hall was the recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship in Drawing and the Bethesda Painting Award.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2017

PAINTING IN NY, Clement & Schneider, Bonn, Germany (forthcoming)

GROUP SHOW, TOTAH, New York

2016

FIELD GUIDE, Clement & Schneider, Bonn, Germany

INTRODUCING ALISON HALL, Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri

SUBJECT LINES, Philip Slein, St.Louis, MO

CONSTRUCTION SITE, McKenzie Fine Art, New York

ROCK CANDY, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA

BIG ART/SMALL SCALE, Philip Slein Gallery, St.Louis, MO

OFF THE CUFF, Reynolds Gallery, Washington, DC

Art on Paper, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, Pier 36, New York

BETWEEN YOU AND ME, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

 

2015

EAST OF BLUE, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York

THE CEILING ABOVE US, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA

PAPIER/PAPER V, ZEICHNUNG, Clement & Schneider, Bonn, Germany

ON THE MONEY, Brian Morris Gallery, NY

PAST, PRESENT, Allentown Museum of Art, Allentown, PA

QUIET TREMORS: Davide Balula, Alison Hall, William Latta, Ulrike Müller, David Schutter, Kristen Van Deventer, Kate Werble Gallery

 

2014

PAINTINGS/PAPER, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York

PAINTING AND BEYOND: John Zinsser, Lilah Fowler, Adam Kokesch, Schirin Kretschmann, Michael Toenges, David Semper, Martin Pfeifle, Timo Kube, Polly Apfelbaum, Joachim Bandau, Antonio Scaccabarozzi, Christiane Gruber, Daniel Kiss, Stefan Löffelhardt and Alison Hall

LONG SUNDAY, kunstgaleriebonn, Bonn, Germany

REPETITIVE MOTION, Ross Bleckner, Andrew forge, Glenn Goldberg, Michelle Grabner, Alison Hall, Tine Lunsfryd, Amy Park and Barbara Takenaga, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects @ Projector, New York

 

2013

SAINT SOMEONE, The Arts Club of Washington, Washington, DC

PHENOMENA: ALISON HALL, Chroma Projects, Charlottesville, VA

THE BIG SECRET, ACCORDING TO THE FOUR LEAF CLOVER, 115 Salem Avenue, Roanoke, VA

PILGRIMAGE: ALISON HALL, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA

I SANTI, William King Museum, Panoramic Gallery, Abingdon, VA

DRAWING FROM PERCEPTION, Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

 

2012

AGAIN AND AGAIN, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Claiborne Robertson Board Room, Richmond, VA

ART ADVISORY LAUNCH EXHIBITION, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, DC

EARTH, AIR, FIRE, WATER, Ruffin Hall Gallery, The University of Virginia, Charlottsville, VA

Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, Connecticut

DON’T THINK TWICE, TWICE, ALISON HALL + CLOVER ARCHER, 115 Salem Avenue, Marginal Arts Festival, Roanoke, VA

HOLLINS UNIVERSITY FACULTY EXHIBITION, Capital One Corporation, Richmond, VA

 

Born 1980, Martinsville, Virginia

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Articles & Reviews

2016

Thomas Micchelli, “Painting From the Ground Up”. Hyperallergic. July 2016.

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“Kostbare Kunst”. General-Anzeiger. May 2016.

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2015

Thomas Micchelli, “Earned Magic: Alison Hall’s Deceptive Monochromes”. Hyperallergic. June 2015.

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Steven Alexander, “ALISON HALL at Steven Harvey”. Steven alexander Journal. June 2015.

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Colleen Curran, “Reynolds Gallery Forges Into the Future”. Richmond Times-Dispatch. February 2015.

Roberta Smith, “Museum and Gallery Listings for February 13-19, 2015”. New York Times. February 2015.

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Roberta Smith, “15 Group Shows Not to Miss:
Art Exhibitions From Chelsea to the Lower East Side”. New York Times. January 2015.

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2014
Gorky’s Granddaughter, Studio Visit and Interview, Alison Hall, Brooklyn, NY, USA
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2013

Mike Allen, “Italian Renaissance Chapels Inspire Martinsville-born Artist”. The Roanoke Times. February 2013.

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2012

Mike Allen, “Marginal Arts Festival exhibitions: Clover Archer Lyle and Alison Hall’s “Don’t Think Twice, Twice””. The Roanoke Times, February 2012.

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