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allyson strafella

biography

Allyson Strafella was born in Brooklyn (NY) in 1969. She lives and works in Hudson, New York.

Allyson Strafella has been working with a typewriter, making drawings for 20 years. With patience, she finds the edge of form and formlessness, made and un-made. She has developed a drawing language that is "written" by type, and a written language drawn as mark and form. Her drawings are made by using a single punctuation mark. Her typing is like the “rhythm of the passing of time”, and creates a sort of “prayer flags” fraying into the weather. By marking sheets of paper, individual marks into densely concentrated compositions, abstract forms appear in relation to landscapes, fields and the changing of seasons.

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Allyson Strafella was born in Brooklyn (NY) in 1969. She lives and works in Hudson, New York.

Allyson Strafella has been working with a typewriter, making drawings for 20 years. With patience, she finds the edge of form and formlessness, made and un-made. She has developed a drawing language that is "written" by type, and a written language drawn as mark and form. Her drawings are made by using a single punctuation mark. Her typing is like the “rhythm of the passing of time”, and creates a sort of “prayer flags” fraying into the weather. By marking sheets of paper, individual marks into densely concentrated compositions, abstract forms appear in relation to landscapes, fields and the changing of seasons.

Her work has been exhibited internationally, and is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, CT, among other private and public collections. Strafella was a Workspace Program artist-in-residence at Dieu Donné in 2007 and has held residencies at MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH (2002); Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY (2001); Skowhegan School of Art, ME (1995). She is a Guggenheim fellow and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation recipient.

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images

fieno (hay), 2019

Presentation of works by Helen Mirra & Allyson Strafella at Art Basel | Feature 2018

Photo: Andrea Rossetti

band, 2017

Typed marks on pigmented abaca paper

30,5 × 24 cm

burrow, 2017

Typed marks on transfer paper

30,5 × 27,5 cm

yellow cascade, 2016

Typed lines on transfer paper

26 × 16,4 cm

pitch, 2016

Typed marks on pigmented abaca paper

11 × 28,5 cm

cleft, 2016

Typed marks on pigmented abaca paper

17,5 × 15 cm

passage I, 2016

Typed marks on pigmented abaca paper

41,2 × 28,2 cm

band, 2016

Typed marks on pigmented abaca paper

14,7 × 25,8 cm

interval, 2016

Typed marks on pigmented abaca paper

15,5 × 15,8 cm

offset, 2015

Typed marks on pigmented abaca paper

39 × 26,5 cm

heteronym II, 2015

Typed marks on paper

29 × 28 cm

gatefold, 2015

Custom marks on pigmented abaca paper

88 × 54,5 cm

surface mound, 2014

Typed marks on green carbon paper

20,3 × 24 cm

klein bottle, 2011

Typed marks on paper

31,2 × 25,5 cm

hover, 2010

Typed marks on paper

25 × 21 cm

cwm, 2010

Typed marks on paper

22 × 12,7 cm

striation, 2009

Typed marks on paper

26,5 × 27,5 cm

red blade, 2009

Typed marks on paper

22,5 × 15,5 cm

shoulder, 2008

Typed marks on paper

22,4 × 17 cm

underlines I, 1999

Typed marks on carbon paper

27 × 21 cm

public exhibitions

The Print Center

Philadelphia, PA

New Typographics: Typewriter Art as Print

17.4.2019

Photo: Jaime Alvarez

The Print Center

Philadelphia, PA

New Typographics: Typewriter Art as Print

17.4.2019

Photo: Jaime Alvarez

Sleeper Gallery

Edinburgh

Scotland

wander

25.5 – 22.6.2018

Sleeper Gallery

Edinburgh

Scotland

wander

25.5 – 22.6.2018

press

Helen Mirra and Allyson Strafella: Suchness

Cherry Smyth

Art Monthly

June 2016

An Interview with Allyson Strafella

Suzanne Snider

Believer Magazine

February 1, 2013

Allyson Strafella in conversation with Rachel Nackman

Rachel Nackman

Notations

May 2012

publications

The Art of Typewriting

Marvin Sackner, Ruth Sackner, Steven Heller

Thames and Hudson

London

2015

The Typewriter Revolution – A Typist's Companion for the 21st Century

Richard Polt

Countryman Press

New York

2015

Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology

Barrie Tullett

Laurence King

London

2014

Courier

Corinna Ripps Schaming

University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York

Albany, NY

2010

560 Broadway – A New York Drawing Collection at Work, 1991-2006

Edited by Amy Eshoo

Yale University Press

New Haven, CT

2008