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Alissa McKendrick, Untitled, 2019, oil on canvas, 14 × 10".

Alissa McKendrick, Untitled, 2019, oil on canvas, 14 × 10".

Alissa McKendrick

Team Gallery | Grand Street

“Resentment” was a surprising title for a show of five vibrant, high-spirited paintings, none of which immediately gave off vibes of bitterness or rancor, even if their energy contained an understated ferocity. Alissa McKendrick is a fluent colorist with a propensity for subtly dissonant combinations of fruity, saturated hues that produce a jarring, acidic sweetness. Placing her stylishly accoutred female protagonists in spatially nonspecific color fields where they act out equivocal scenarios (motorcycling, nearly naked, past an overturned car, or confronting a seated ape as if engaged in serious conversation, while a second monkey looks on curiously from above), McKendrick conjures an odd and quizzical mood. With a brisk, painterly, and implicitly witty figurative style that calls to mind fashion and children’s book illustration, her work also evokes comparisons with that of contemporaries

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