, former director of the HCP, photographer, videographer, painter and arts writer created the installation I Remember Fireflies
. The video box resembles an owl box and is placed in a tree along the main pathway at Russ Pitman Park. The viewer sees both video that Allison created and live insects that were attracted to the inside of the box. Allison placed selected leaves and other natural food inside the box to attract a selection of fauna from the park.
Allison's photography, paintings and recent video installations focus on animals and touch on human relationships with those animals whether it be as observers or as manipulators of the environment that these animals must adapt to. In all of Allison's work there is a poetry and purity of approach. She
observes the animals as a child would with curiosity and awe. Visually the works show their subjects as beautiful creatures both in form and movement. In most of her pieces the environment is minimized which allows the viewer to focus on the animal and its movements.You can watch a computer generated walk through of
Allison's 2010 Diverse Works installation on Vimeo. http://vimeo.com/21229167
Allison Hunter is a visual artist who over the past twenty years has worked in photography, video, drawing, sculpture, and installation. Hunter earned her first MFA at the Cantonal Art School of Lausanne, Switzerland (1990, Drawing/Photography), and her second MFA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York (1997, Video). Hunter participated in video and sculpture art residencies at institutions such as the Banff Centre for the Arts in Calgary, Canada and the Hermit Center for Metamedia in Plasy, Czech Republic. Hunter’s installation project, titled SIGNMAKERS
(1998-2003),was commissioned by three European sculpture centers in Lithuania, Latvia, and Finland, and by the 2003 Kingston Sculpture Biennial in New York. Hunter’s photographs are collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the University Art Museum at SUNY, the Albany Institute of History and Art, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe, including at the Kohler Center (Wisconsin), Project 304 (Bangkok), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
(Frankfurt) and in solo exhibitions at Women & Their Work (Austin), Artspace (North Carolina), and DiverseWorks (Houston), 2010. Hunter is the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the University of Houston, co-sponsored by the Mitchell Center and the Texas Learning and Computation Center, Fall/Spring, 2010-11. During her residency, she produced a stereoscopic 3-D video, Honey Bee
. Hunter lives in Houston, Texas
Allison Hunter by Nash Baker.