Featured in // THIS WEEK WITH // is a series of paintings by Alyssa Klauer from the group exhibition, Rock Candy, curated by Ali Rossi + Madeleine Bialke.

Referencing the processes learned by girls at DIY tie-dye parties held in the 1990s, Alyssa Klauer builds her paintings on a foundation of visual effects––faux finishes, faux worlds, and phantasmagoric qualities––in an attempt to create a feeling of polyphony or mixed response, difference in sameness, repulsion in attraction. She employs the constructed still life to engage and pull together incongruent images, to make an intense psychological space.

Artist Bio: Alyssa Klauer is a painter based in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated with her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017 and an MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2019. She has exhibited solo projects in Baltimore and has participated in group exhibitions nationally and internationally in Anjo Achi, Japan, San Francisco, New York, and Washington DC. She attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Grin City Collective, Chautauqua Institution, and NYU Steinhardt. Her work has been featured in BURNAWAY and New American Paintings.

Curator Bios: Madeleine Bialke is an artist and curator who lives and works in Brooklyn. Recent curatorial projects include at Vacation via Olympia in New York, NY, and Greene House Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Solo and group exhibitions include Harper’s Books in East Hampton, NY, Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York, NY and a forthcoming solo show with Deanna Evans Projects. She received her MFA from Boston University and BFA from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Ali Rossi is a curator and painter living and working in Brooklyn. Ali founded Olympia in 2016. Olympia is dedicated to promoting gender-marginalized artists' position in the fine arts. In the last four years, Ali has organized 18 exhibitions across the northeast, representing more than 60 artists' work. 

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