Editor's note: Art-On is Country Life's recurring column of artists we currently have the hots for.
Allison Schulnik is a Brooklyn-based artist who recently had a solo show at Chelsea's ZieherSmith Gallery. If you'll remember, ZieherSmith had a pop-up gallery in Nashville last summer. (I criticized the exhibit because I thought the idea of describing art as being "from Brooklyn" wasn't the best decision they could have made — at the time I had had it up to here with hipster culture, after the debut of Portlandia and publicity for the new Miranda July movie. Plus I'd just read this article in the New York Observer about the proliferating twee aesthetic. I stand by my criticism, but gallery owner Scott Zieher was a total charmer, and I stopped by the exhibit three separate times — the work far outweighed any surface-based criticism I had swung at it.)
Anyway! Back to Schulnik. She's great. I feel like I don't even need to qualify the work — just showing it is enough to convert you into a fan. (Just ask my boyfriend and co-workers, who have all, at some point, been subjected to several of my "OH MY GOD YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS" pleas, and have invariably loved it.)
She works in a variety of media, but her stop-action videos are, in my opinion, the most exciting. Her video "Mound" was the title-piece of the exhibit at ZieherSmith, which got more great reviews than I have room to post here. Watch it after the jump — as well as "Forest," a video she made for Grizzly Bear that first caught my attention.