Advertising images of women’s bodies and that construct and repeat (ad infinitum) a connection between physical perfection and commodification drives the work of Alison J Carr.
Carr contrasts these with work created to reframe the female body as imperfect, yet glamorous, and located in contexts of radical thought and disruptive intentions, where excess is not only about consumption, but mostly about pleasure. Carr takes entertainment seriously and asks if it can be tooled to rupture our cultural conditioning towards neoliberal individuality. The work proposes that political agency can be joyful and expansive.
Alison J Carr is an artist and writer. She studied at the California Institute of the Arts, absorbing both the critical dialogue and the lure of the Hollywood facade. She worked with Leslie Dick, Natalie Bookchin, Ellen Birrell and Jo Ann Callis, developing her critical voice as well as her singing voice (taking singing lessons so that she could sing ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema’ by Laura Mulvey). Following her soujorn to LA, she returned to Sheffield to do a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University where she had gained her undergraduate degree. Her book, Viewing Pleasure and Being A Showgirl: How Do I Look? published by Routledge in 2018.
Alison has been a Terra Summer Residency fellow in Giverny, France and LoBe Gallery resident in Berlin. She was awarded an Arts Council England ‘Grants for the Arts’ award in 2017. In 2018 she was selected to be part of the first Freelands Art Programme cohort through Site Gallery Sheffield, and a-n mentoring scheme recipient working with the curator, Lucy Day.
Alison has shown her work in internationally in LA, Indiana, and Berlin, and nationally in London, Sheffield, Leeds, Huddersfield, Manchester and Blackpool. Highlights include: curating an exhibition at the University of Huddersfield’s Market Gallery. She has performed her first longer length solo performance, Bubikopf, in Sheffield and Newcastle. Recent commissions include a new performance for S1 Artspace / Making Ways for the Construction House season of events, staged at DINA, Sheffield.