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Allison Hrabluik

Diaz Contemporary

Allison Hrabluik’s recent show featured a video, a sculpture, and three pictorial works exploring landscape and the idea of a rural life revolving around the seasons, winter in particular. Hrabluik’s projected video Rossendale, 2006, incorporates stop-motion animation of a man performing menial farm tasks, such as pitching hay, sawing wood, drawing liquid fuel from a barrel, and tinkering in a workshop. These simple jobs are made strange and symbolic by the jerkiness of the movement and the continual alternation between scenes of actual labor and images of toylike models of the farm’s structures, tools, machinery, and other equipment, including a lovingly rendered miniature wood-burning stove.

The video is set in a large white space that resembles a gallery or studio, encouraging a reading of the work that analogizes and compares the travails of laborer and artist. Reminiscent of French

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