Fury, 2006, 24 x 20 inches - chromogenic Print
I saw artist Thomas Allen's work at a gallery show in Chelsea in the spring of 2007. I just stumbled upon his work again via the email service Very Short List and feel the need to share his photographs with my lovely (however few) followers here at C&C.
Allen uses an exact-o knife to cut illustrations from old pulp fiction books. He then assembles the cut outs in dioramas, creating twisted narratives from the carefully placed illustrations, like the homoerotic "Distraction" below. I like how Allen uses the elementary-school art form of the diorama to create sexually charged mini-plots. Each diorama is then photographed for the final c-print.
Distraction 2006, 20 x 24 inchess - chromogenic Print
Tangle, 2008, 20 x 24 inches - chromogenic Print
Maneater, 2006, 20 x 24 inches - chromogenic Print
This "Maneater" photograph above reminds me of Neko Case. The red hair. The title. Her song People Got A Lot of Nerve is simply phenomenal (listen to it with the player below if you have time!).
Red, 2002, 20 x 24 inches - chromogenic Print
Stop by Foley Gallery on 27th St in NYC to see more of Thomas Allen's work. I can't wait to start collaging a bit more! If anything serves as inspiration for a little collage action, it's certainly Allen's detailed work.