• Alice Tippit
Towards midnight S and I park at the opening of A’s cul de sac. Creeping on foot, we edge our way to A’s truck and hastily affix our selection to its bumper. We speed off. Weeks later we learn that A‘s parents promptly grounded her upon discovery of her new favorite pastime.
Spring, 2015: Astronomical summer begins June 21. S is now an assistant attorney general for the state of X. A is now the first female editor of Y, a major metropolitan newspaper. Within animal populations, competition is often particularly acute among individuals of the same sex because such individuals require the same limited resources to maximize their success.
Maybe I should run for president…
Much like irritants caught in an oyster’s flesh, words once hurtful and degrading lose their power to wound us as associations accumulate like so many layers of radiant nacre, such that what once caused pain becomes bound in possibility.
Thrill, whose original meaning was ‘to make a hole in, to pierce’, later shifted metaphorically to ‘to pierce with emotion’, and then again to ‘to fill with pleasure’. Similarly, works used in and created for La Force seek to live amongst the dunes of connotation.
Alice Tippit employs a graphic style and simple, yet relatively neutral shapes to produce images that function as signs. The interaction of these elements produces visual relationships that seem to project specificity while remaining ambiguous enough to allow interpretation and inquiry. Tippit has had solo exhibitions at Jancar Jones Gallery, Los Angeles; Important Projects, Oakland; and Night Club Gallery, Chicago. She has participated in group exhibitions at Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles; Roots & Culture and devening projects + editions, Chicago, among others. She holds a BA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives and works in Chicago.
Slice, 2015, watercolor, colored pencil on paper 11 x 14 inches
Fade, 2015, oil on canvas, 10 x 13 inches
Scab, 2015, watercolor, collaged material on paper, 12 x 9 inches
Agile, 2015, oil on canvas, 13 x 14 inches
La Force, 2015, traffic safety cones, acrylic felt, cotton thread, glue, dimensions variable
Telle, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches
Manifest, 2014, oil on canvas, 25 x 20 inches
Dolly, 2015, oil on canvas 13 x 10 inches
Guide, 2015, pencil, collaged paper, 11 x 9.5 inches