Alyson Denny is a New York-based artist who makes abstract photographs and videos. She also performs in an improvisational light show.
Her photography has been shown regularly at the Alan Klotz Gallery, NYC, and the Pamela Williams Gallery, Amagansett, NY, has been lauded by The New Yorker and The New York Times, and has been featured in Harper's Magazine and on the cover of the fifth edition (2011) of Robert Hirsch's Exploring Color Photography.
Two of her recent videos, Half & Half & Honey (2010) and Alba (2009, made in collaboration with Joshua White), were created on commission for private residences. In 2014, Forest City acquired Half & Half & Honey to be projected around the clock on the feature wall in the lobby of its new residential tower, Radian Boston.
Since 2008 she has been a member of the Joshua Light Show. They have performed with a wide array of musicians including Lou Reed, John Zorn, Terry Riley, and Andrew VanWyngarden & Ben Goldwasser (founders of MGMT) at venues including Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), the Hayden Planetarium (NYC), and Lincoln Center (NYC).
Before embarking on her exploration of photographic abstraction, Ms. Denny was a documentary fimmaker. Her critically acclaimed films Total Baby (1993) and Girltalk (1987), both made with Kate Davis, have been widely shown and are in over fifty institutional collections. Other notable films on which she worked include Ross McElwee's Sherman's March (1985) and Jennie Livingston's Paris Is Burning (1990).
Ms. Denny graduated with honors from Harvard where she studied physics and filmmaking. Her thesis, the fiction film Saturday Afternoon, was awarded summa cum laude and the Hoopes Prize for outstanding undergraduate thesis work.
She has guest lectured at Harvard, the New School, the School of Visual Arts, the Rhode Island School of Design, Columbia, and Yale.
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)