Meet the Residents: Allison Kruske

 Allison Kruske graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a degree in Art History. Allison is a PS01 resident, where she's working on the North End Store-House project. (Interview by Alex O'Dell)

You were a photographer for the Michigan Daily. Tell me more about that experience. 

I started doing photography when I arrived to college. Making pictures in the darkroom and seeing the process through from start to finish was where my interest began. I worked as a photographer for the Michigan Daily, which entailed being on call all day and running around campus to catch events as they unfolded. I eventually worked my way up to become an editor. This meant analyzing pictures more, deciding what would make it to print. Overall, curating content to visually engage readers.

photograph by Allison Kruske

What led you more towards art direction as opposed to journalism?

I'm interested in exploring different mediums for expressing ideas and emotions. In my art history classes, I was fascinated by the Fluxus art movement (started in the 1960's and known for blending together different media and disciplines) and the Happenings that were occurring in the art world around the same time. And before that, there was Dada; those artists intentionally avoided becoming constrained to a single medium. 

You took off some time from school to go to Paris.

I chose to go alone and not with a program. This gave me a lot of time to reflect and become an intense observer of everything that was going on around me…watching people on the train and how they interact with one another, and just picking up on social cues. You start seeing lifestyle as a work of art. 

photograph by Allison Kruske

 How has Practice Space been?

I remember having the realization a week or two in that I like my job. (laughs) I like coming into work. 

You see it as a job? 

In a way, because we're working on real projects. More so than school ever felt. The ability to collaborate with people from a wide range of backgrounds has been the best part about Practice Space. It really exceeded what I imagined it would be. You work on a project at one angle (say, architecturally), and you think it's complete. And then you're asked to look at in another way (the business model, for example), and you realize there is still work to do. 

And outside Practice Space? 

I find myself taking the work of forming a business at Practice Space, going home, and thinking that over & wondering where I could take things outside the garage. I've just been writing things down over the past few months. I felt like I was in a creative rut and dead end, and it has me thinking again and opening new doors. 

find more of Allison's work at allisonkruske.com