Vlad Smolkin’s work is generally concerned with the changing identities of objects across time. For Smolkin, the implications of a given material have to do not only with its physical properties or even its practical use in the world, but also with its historical provenance and exchange value.
Allison Halter is a conceptual artist interested in systems of power, in the acquisition and abdication of control. Halter’s work seeks opportunities to confront and confound audience expectations. By highlighting the daily performativity we all assume, she exposes our dependency upon social matrices in our shifting personal identities. Repetitive actions hint at mysterious prior events. The viewer must extrapolate the significance of these accumulating gestures, which take on a deeper emotional charge as they slowly and inexorably pile up.
Her practice exists on cusps, based upon the belief that only in these inbetweens can we truly stop being polite and start getting real. Halter’s projects have been exhibited and performed at dOCUMENTA(13) (DE), Titanik Galleria (FI), MUU Performance Voyage (FI), Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival (US), Artist’s Television Access (US), Experimental Film Festival Portland (US), Ditch Projects (US), d’CLINIC Studios (SI), Feminist Form (US), and the Citizen Jane Film Festival (US). Her work spans performance, video/film, sound, writing, and photography. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.