Allyson Strafella - fold, 2016 (detail)

Allyson Strafella

November 11, 2013

An American artist, Allyson Strafella has been making drawings for more than 20-years. Working with a typewriter, she has developed a drawing language that is "written" by type, and a written language drawn as mark and form.

Born in Brooklyn (NY) in 1969. She lives and works in Hudson, New York.She received her BFA from Tufts University, Medford, MA and her MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She exhibited at a range of venues, including Bartha Contemporary, London, UK, aqCairn Gallery, Pittenweem, Scotland, Sleeper, Edinburgh, Scotland, Nina Freudenheim, Buffalo, NY, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan, Italy, Large Glass, London, UK, Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany, Meyer Riegger, Berlin, Germany, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA, Von Lintel Gallery, NY and Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA. Her work 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.

Using a single punctuation mark, she marks sheets of paper, creating individual marks into densely concentrated compositions, abstract forms appear in relation to landscapes, fields and the changing of seasons. She describes her typing as the “rhythm of the passing of time” that frays into the weather.

Featured image: Allyson Strafella - fold, 2016 (detail). Typed marks on pigment abaca. 11 2/5 × 9 4/5 in. 29 × 25 cm. Photo courtesy Bartha Contemporary