Rebecca Allan: Debris Fields

4 May - 16 June 2018

Anna Kaplan Contemporary announces Rebecca Allan: Debris Fields, a solo exhibition of new work—and the artist’s first gallery show in Buffalo since 1986. Opening Friday, May 4th with a reception from 6-9 pm, there be an artist’s talk the evening before on Thursday, May 3rd, at 6 pm in the second floor lounge at Hotel Henry (444 Forest Ave, corner of Rockwell Road and Cleveland Circle). The exhibition will be on view through June 16th. Gallery hours are Saturdays 12-4 pm and by appointment (716-604-6183).

Debris Fields​ is a series of abstract paintings, drawings and photographs that examine the sprawling detritus at the edges of urban, suburban, and rural America. Inspired by Charles Burchfield’s images of decaying infrastructure, among other sources, Allan focuses on the dispersed heaps of material at construction sites and mining sites, in orchards and gardens, and along waterways. From her studio overlooking the Harlem River in The Bronx to her hometown of Buffalo, Allan probes the spaces around us that could be permanently despoiled or restored by our own efforts, in concert with the persistent rejuvenation of nature.

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REBECCA ALLAN is known for her gestural and chromatically nuanced abstract paintings. Her work explores the landscapes and watershed environments of the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, Kentucky, the Gulf Coast, Lebanon, France, and Norway and is inspired by her interest in landscape ecology, botany, and geology. Exhibiting in the United States and abroad for more than 25 years, Allan has been represented in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Locally, Allan’s work is currently installed at the Hotel Henry as part of “The Corridors Gallery,” curated by Resource:Art, and on view through May 15th. Allan’s solo exhibition This Ravishing Earth was presented at The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, NY earlier this year. She is a collaborating artist of The Crossroads Project, a performance piece that

addresses climate change from the perspectives of music, environmental science, and art. Allan is also a contributing writer for publications including Fine Art Connoisseur, and the online journal In addition, she has had a professional career as an arts administrator, museum educator, public programs curator, and teaching artist.

The artist on her work:
“My paintings are rooted in the dramatic cycles of nature as well as a deep curiosity about science, and the forces underlying what we observe on the surface of things. My working process involves drawing, mixing pigments. and layering color over time in response to observed and felt experience. I see the language of color as a sanctuary within which the questions and problems of art making—indeed, of life—are confronted. I work within a transcendental American landscape tradition that includes Charles Burchfield, Joan Mitchell, and Neil Welliver, but also I draw from Renaissance masters such as Giovanni di Paola and Pieter Breughel in my desire to invent a new, cosmological landscape.”

A portion of proceeds from the sale of artworks during the exhibition will be donated to the Western New York Land Conservancy. On May 4th Anna Kaplan Contemporary’s neighbors, Bootleg Bucha and Love in Motion Yoga will also be donating a portion of their sales to the WNY Land Conservancy.

Artists in This Exhibition: