Project: Alyson VegaJune 4–July 16, 2016 320 West 13th Street
White Columns is proud to present a solo exhibition by the New York-based artist Alyson Vega. Vega is affiliated with New York’s Fountain House Gallery and the recently shuttered Healing Arts Initiative (H.A.I.) – organizations that support artists living and working with mental illness and developmental disabilities. (White Columns has collaborated extensively with both organizations and artists affiliated with them.) A self-taught artist, Vega only started to make art after the result of a surgical procedure for a brain tumor ended her 22-year teaching career. Re-animating the sewing and quilting techniques from her childhood, Vega has subsequently developed a highly idiosyncratic and formally, aesthetically and psychologically complex body of work – rooted in her own experience – that explores questions of loss, transience and change. For her project at White Columns – her first solo exhibition – Vega presents a group of recent sewn, collaged, and assemblage works that are self-reflexive, open-ended, poetic, and profoundly empathetic.
Alyson Vega received a BA in Japanese Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University. She taught for more than twenty years. Her work has been presented in exhibitions at Fountain House Gallery and Healing Arts Initiative (both New York), among others, and was included in the 2016 ‘White Columns Annual’ exhibition selected by White Columns’ director Matthew Higgs.