Rebecca Allan: The Landscape is a Manuscript

Friday, October 6, 2017 - November 17, 2017
Alice R. Rogers Gallery & Target Gallery, SJU

Rebecca Allan, a painter who works at the confluence of the Hudson and Harlem Rivers in New York City, will exhibit new paintings and works on paper from recent travels in New Mexico, Maine, and the south of France. These works explore the geological, botanical, and atmospheric conditions of the landscape, which Allan sees as having a relationship to illuminated manuscripts. As we move back and forth from words to images on a scroll, a manuscript, or in a painting, we try to perceive deeply, and to develop a deeper knowledge of our environment. A selection of works in the exhibition are also featured in The Crossroads Project, a multidisciplinary performance piece that explores sustainability of the Earth's resources through the lens of environmental science, music, and visual art.

Rebecca Allan is a New York-based painter whose investigates watershed environments of the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, the Gulf Coast, Lebanon, France, and Norway, and is inspired by her interest in landscape ecology, botany, and geology. An alumna of Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, her work is exhibited at James Gallery in Pittsburgh. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally for more than 25 years, and her most recent exhibition, Rain in the Arroyo, was presented in February 2017 at Meredith Ward Fine Art in New York.

Since 1993, Allan has been awarded artist’s residencies at The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France (2016); The Hermitage Artists Retreat, Englewood, Florida; Centrum Foundation, Port Townsend, WA; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Temecula, CA.