ARTIST BIO

Allison Tanenhaus is a Boston-based street artist, working in temporary guerrilla installations that include magnets, banners, stickers, and flyers—and the photographic documentation of their postings—under her company and moniker, Slogans for Nothing.

Allison’s work combines thought-provoking, philosophical truisms with comedic wordplay to express vulnerabilities, anxieties, encouragements, and observations, in short, slogan-esque form. The public typographic presentation contrasts with surrounding traditional advertising and commercial signage, transmits a personal voice to amuse and inspire (for those who happen to spot it), and serves as ephemeral—and in most cases, tangible and collectible—graffiti.

Allison is also a digital glitch artist who specializes in abstract geometrics, vibrant color fields, and unexpected dimensional qualities. Her source material consists of observational photographs and images from her daily life—discarded electrical wires, hand-painted signs, her own street art, and previous glitch works—that she digitally alters. Created with equal parts deliberation and experimentation, the results are rainbow-hued, architectural, fantastical compositions that take on a psychedelic life of their own.

Additional artistic fields include video art, animation, music, photography, graphic design, comedywriting, and fashion design.
 

ARTIST CV

education
2005  Harvard University, B.A., English and American Literature and Language

Studied under:
• Zadie Smith
• Elvis Mitchell
• Amitav Ghosh
• Annette Lemieux
Elisabeth Subrin
Lorelei Pepi

2010  Emerson College Professional Certificate Program, Copyediting
2012  MassArt Continuing Education Program, Introduction to the Adobe Creative Suite
2014  Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Comics and Sequential Art: Levels 1 and 2
2015  Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Basic Drawing
2015  MassArt Continuing Education Program, Typography
2017  Skill UP Somerville: FabVille, Lasercutter Basic

public art
2018  “The Future of Telecommunications Was Here,” Phone Art Box Project, Somerville Arts Council and Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA

commissions
2018  Wallpapers and Prints: Studio Allston Hotel, Allston, MA
2018  Postcards, Buttons, and Stickers: Custom products for the exhibit Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, ICA Store, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
2017  Banners and Postcards: “Hot Singles In Your Area” + “In Your Ear Is So Underground,” In Your Ear! Records, Allston, MA
2016  Banner and Postcards: “Build Your Record Collection,” In Your Ear! Records, Cambridge, MA
2015  Flyer: “At The End Of The Day, Y,” In Your Ear! Records, Cambridge, MA
2013  T-Shirt Collection: Northeastern University College of Science, Boston, MA

permanent collections
2016 Hatch Kingdom Sticker Museum, Berlin, Germany
2016 Tempel Terus Stickers Museum, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
2016 Easy Tiger Stickers Museum, Bali, Indonesia 

group exhibitions: 2018
// stickers
Just Send It Sticker Art Show, Hygienic Art, New London, CT
Colors of Happiness: 297 Segments—Collaborative Mural, Flowering Rock, Boston, MA

// art prints
ALTARATIONS: A Selection of Shrines, Dorchester Art Project, Boston, MA

group exhibitions: 2017
// art prints

The Surreal Show, Specto Art Space, Harrisonburg, VA

// digital images
/’fu:bar/ Glitch Art Festival, Klub Attack, Zagreb, Croatia 

// posters
Young, Dumb, and Broke, Extension Gallery, Allston, MA (Jurors: Audrey Hsia and TJ Kelley III, Artists, Boston, MA)
Street Art Day 3.0Gravina in Puglia, Italy

// stickers
#Universo Sticker Expo, Espírito Santo, Brazil
Stickers Picnic: International Street Slaps Festival, Central Java, Indonesia
OccuPly Oshawa, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Ontario, Canada
Characters Welcome 6, Tattooed Mom, Philadelphia, PA
Slap Happy 2.0, Victoria, Canada
Small Wonders 5, Atomic Café Gallery, Detroit, MI
Stickerfest2, Malmö, Sweden

// stickers and art prints
Barry’s Shop, Allston, MA
Love Cat, Scriptorium, Berlin, Germany 

group exhibitions: 2016
// magnets
A Group Thing, Thomas Young Gallery, Boston, MA

// stickers
ARTBEAT: International Street Art and Sticker Expo & Sticker Museum, Valpovo, Croatia
Underground Blend, Memphis Pop Art Festival/Designer Toy Summit, Pontotoc, MS
F.I.S.T., La Mèche, Toulouse, France
MailGlo, The Phone Gallery, Waterloo Arts, Cleveland, OH
Reggiane Combo Sticker, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Hatch Kingdom Sticker Museum, Berlin, Germany
World Wide Slap Convention, Zap Surf Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Adhesive Assault, New Lows, Santa Maria, CA
Tempel Terus Stickers Museum, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
Characters Welcome 5, Tattooed Mom, Philadelphia, PA
Peel This, 713 INC, Houston, TX
Stickers Picnic: International Street Slaps Festival, Central Java, Indonesia
International POP ART Combo, Florence, Italy
D.C. Street Sticker Expo, The Fridge, Washington, D.C.
Bandung Sticker Exhibition, Indonesia
Crusty Creatures 2: Toronto International Sticker Art Exhibition, La Revolucion, Canada
Sticker Art Group Show, 17 Frost Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Stickers Street Art Exhibition, Port Exhibitions, Staten Island, NY
Amsterdam Street Art Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Malomfesztivál, Orom, Serbia
Urban Up 4, Leipzig, Germany
Bring Your Black Book 7 (BYBB7), Santa Clarita, CA
In Wall We Trust: International Street Art Exhibition, Airola, Italy
Tempel Jaya: International Sticker Exhibition, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
Easy Tiger Stickers Museum, Bali, Indonesia
Urban Decay, Gainesville, FL
Sticker Show, Art Primo, Seattle, WA
Stickerfest, Malmö, Sweden
Artifesto, DTLA Graff Lab, Inglewood, CA

// stickers and magnets
Stonehenge 69 Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Small Wonders 4, Atomic Café Gallery, Detroit, MI
Barry’s Shop, Allston, MA
Super Sticky Art Show, Leave Your Mark, Sacramento, CA
Sticker Museum, Invasion of the Stickers, Brooklyn, NY

group exhibitions: 2015
// buttons

12th Annual Hot One Inch Action, Hot Art Wet City, Vancouver, BC cards and postcards
Library Thoughts 5, MAMU Gallery + Jokai Klub, Budapest, Hungary
Turquoise—International Mail-Art Project, Maria Enzersdorf, Austria
Sincerely Yours, SLANT, Dallas, TX

// photography
2nd Annual Pop-Up Exhibition, Flock Gallery NH, Manchester, NH
E7900, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA
Sense of Place, Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL (Juror: Bill Conger, Artist, Peoria, IL)
Small Works, The New Bohemian Gallery, Brainerd, MN
Memory Art Competition, Art Exhibeo Online Gallery
Blurring the Edges, Dubuque Area Arts Collective, Dubuque, IA
All Women Art Competition, Light Space & Time Online Gallery

// stickers and magnets
POSTAL—Mail Art Annual, Art Mart, Fredericksburg, VA
Characters Welcome 4, Tattooed Mom, Philadelphia, PA

solo guerrilla installations
2015–7  Stickers and Magnets: Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, MA; Brooklyn, New York, NY; Berlin, Germany
2016  Stickers and Magnets: South by Southwest, Austin, TX
2015  Cards and Flyers: Somerville Open Studios, Somerville, MA
2014  Cards and Flyers: In Your Ear!, Cambridge, MA
2014  Cards: Boston Book Festival, Boston, MA
2013, 2014  Cards and Flyers: HONK!, Somerville, MA
2013, 2014  Cards and Flyers: ArtBeat, Somerville, MA

music
// album + promo art
2018  Flyer: Boston Hassle’s Dreamscape 15, Jamaica Plain, MA
2018  Digital images: VESNA, WA
2017  Digital Images: Javi, Ann Arbor, MI
2017  Typography and Design: Tyler & The Names, “Long Gone Carrier,” Cambridge, MA

// performances
2010  “The Snowman” + “Winter Carousel” (Cul de Sac), First Night, Boston, MA
2009  “Fall of the House of Usher” (RA), Arts at the Armory Halloween, Somerville, MA
2009  Various electronic compositions (RA)MassArt Eventworks Festival, Boston, MA
2004  “Boombox Symphony,” Arts First, Cambridge, MA
2001–2005  DJRecord Hospital: WHRB’s underground rock program, Cambridge, MA

// photography
2013  “Cat on a Timpani,” Copy Cat Festival, Somerville Armory, Somerville, MA
2012  “Infera Bruo: Band Member Portraits,” Encyclopaedia Metallum, metal-archives.com
2002  “Liz Phair: Live in NY,” Sonic Cool: The Life & Death of Rock 'n' Roll, Hal Leonard

// archival research
2018  “Thousand Incarnations of the Rose: American Primitive Guitar & Banjo, 1963-1974," Craft Recordings
2002  “The Girls: Live at The Rathskeller, 5/17/79,” Abaton Book Company

promotional assistance + editorial panel-writing
2008–2014  Celebrity Type (and more), Gallery 360, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

group video art + animation screenings
2009  “Eileen” + “Lola Gumball,” Boston Comics Roundtable Film Festival, Cambridge, MA
2005  “Eileen,” Harvard Animation Showcase, Harvard Film Archive at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, MA
2004  “Play With Me,” Harvard Surrealist Art Gallery, Mather House, Cambridge, MA

group documentary film screenings
2006  “True Guts” Premiere, Woods Hole Film Festival, Cape Cod, MA

group fashion events
2005  Quincy House Arts Roundup, Cambridge, MA
2004  Anti-Fashion Show, Arts First, Cambridge, MA
2002  Young Designers’ Showcase (YDS), New York, NY
2001  “Manmade Girl” CD Release Party, VERY UP & CO, New York, NY

awards
2016  Finalist: The Top 20 Tweets In The World (This Week), Chicago Tribune
2015  #4: Best Lady Tweets, The Gaggle
2015  #3: Tweets of the Week, Paste Magazine
2015  WORDS Challenge: Selected Instagram Artist, 54 Weekly
2015  Top Tier, Memory Art Competition, Art Exhibeo Online Gallery
2015  Special Recognition, All Women Art Competition: Photography & Digital Category, Light Space & Time Online Gallery
2014  Top Tweets of the Day, QuipFox
2013  Second Place, My Sports Clubs’ Winter “Write Our Ad” Contest
2013  Honorable Mention, Special-Purpose Publications, CASE District I Excellence Awards
2013  Honorable Mention, Publication Packages, CASE District I Excellence Awards
2012  Silver Award, Special-Purpose Publications: Single-Sheet Category, CASE District I Excellence Awards
2012  Gold Award, Excellence in Design: Specialty Pieces, CASE National Circle of Excellence    
2012  Silver Award, Design: Vehicle Vinyl Wrap, Mercury Awards
2007  Best Educational Medical Film, International Health and Medical Media Awards
2004  #2, Top Ten Favorite Artworks, Books, Musical Recordings, and Websites of 2003, Banks Violette, Artforum International Magazine

bibliography
2018  Daniel Tay, “Brand Storytelling Is Not About You,” Skyword: Content Standard, July 5
2018  Tim Logan, “A Wave of New Hip Hotels Is Headed for Long-Overlooked Corners of Boston,” Boston Globe, March 29
2018  Featured Digital Artist, Xuxoe, January 29, February 2, February 16, June 10
2018  Featured Digital Artist, The Webby Awards, January 18
2017  Featured Digital Artist, Xuxoe, December 25, December 29
2016  “Words of the Day” Featured Sticker Artist, Stuck-Up Official, December 2
2016  Brittany Wong, “14 Tweets That Sum Up What It’s Like To Be Single At A Wedding,” Huffington Post, November 23
2016  Terri Pous, “27 Hilariously Real Tweets About Going To Weddings,” BuzzFeed, August 2
2016  “Word of the Day” Featured Sticker Artist, Stuck-Up Official, May 27
2016  Daily Featured Instagram Artist, Somerville Graffiti, March 2
2016  Geoffrey Asmus, “24 Accurate Observations About Food,” CollegeHumor, February 1
2015  Steven Harrington and Jaime Rojo (co-founders of the Brooklyn Street Artblog), “Temporary Street Art That’s Changing The Graffiti Game,” Ziptopia, October 14
2015  Featured Jokes, FunnyTweeter.com
2015  Daily Featured Instagram Artist, IG Somerville, June 2
2015  Tomas Fransson, “David Michael Moore: Illustrator for Speakers & Thought-Leaders,” Flaunt My Design, February 4
2014  Lara Parker, “21 Things That Are So Damn True,”BuzzFeed, November 6
2014  Popular Funny Flyer, LOL Flyers
2013  Ashley Suarez-Wood, “Allison’s Word Art: Comedy in 140 Characters,” MOO Inspiration Gallery, June
2004  WWD College Issue, WWD, April 15, p. 19
2003  M.T. Young, “Skirting the Issue: FM Faux Trend Alert,” The Harvard Crimson, March 13
2002  “What’s Up Today,” PaperMag.com, August
2002  “Pick of the Day,” Time Out New York, August 29–September 5
2001  Clarel Antoine II, “By Their Own Design: Students Sport D.I.Y. Designs,” The Harvard Crimson, October 16, p. 9
2001  Terry E. Chang, Nice Legs: Freshman Hawks Bags In NYC," The Harvard Crimson, September 27
2001  Allison Tanenhaus, “Do-It-Yourself Designing,” Tiger Beat, August, p. 18
 

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