Allen said, “As an artist, it is very important for me to connect the world with an image that is familiar, but will keep you thinking of endless possibilities — to stay, contemplate and wonder about the world that we share. I have studied long and far getting most of my rounding at Pratt at Munson-Williams where I learned a great amount and became an ambassador to the art world.”
According to the artist, “We have necessities that I try to focus in on — the everyday life that surrounds us.”
Allen’s subjects include flowers, fruit and vegetation. He says these are simple things in life that we really don’t think about, yet they have so much more to offer.
Allen said, “The thought process for most is in the smell, taste or color. However, the nutrients, and/or extract that we obtain from these plants are a lot more important. The growth from photosynthesis even gives so much more … taking carbon dioxide and producing the oxygen that we breathe. A great percentage of oxygen is omitted in the air by green growth, letting us exist as a society.”
The artist has also been examining the concept of “chaos versus order in similar realms where decay is not an overlooked factor, but just as important as growth.”
Allen tries to introduce this notion with line work.
“The line is the most simple mark one can make on a paper. The decomposition of a natural organism and returning matter in the land is so natural, it’s simple in our minds but is very complex. A mark on a paper can instill humbleness just as watching a daylily grow. Most overlook that and take nothing that doesn’t fit in the schedule.”
He hopes his work inspires people to take a step back from their chaotic lives to appreciate how far they have come.
The exhibition will be on view through Nov. 2, 2013.
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