Eastfield College is proud to present Allison Hunter’s Zoosphere, a video installation that transforms the gallery into a multi-sensorial experience of the natural world. A beautifully haunting experience, Hunter’s video installation is a poetic response to the complicated plight of animals attempting to survive in a very human-centered world.
First exhibited in 2010 at DiverseWorks in Houston, TX, Zoosphere is described by former Co-Executive Director, Diane Barber as
"…a transcendent, site-specific installation investigating humankind’s relationship to the natural world. In her first ever immersive video installation, Hunter upends the power dynamic between the human and non-human animal within a dark, mazelike environment in which man and beast co-mingle. Against the backdrop of a rapidly shifting ecological landscape in which species across the globe are threatened with extinction, Zoosphere reconnects humanity with the beauty and wonder of the animal kingdom and forces us to examine our relationship with and responsibility to it."
In the midst of the sixth mass extinction and increasing concerns about global warming, Hunter’s Zoosphere continues to press the viewer to connect to the natural world and at the very least be more conscious of our direct impact on this fragile planet.
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). She has had solo exhibitions at the North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh), Women & Their Work (Austin), and DiverseWorks (Houston), 2010. Hunter has been Humanities Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice University since fall 2012.